The Semi-Sovereign State: Belarus and the Russian Neo-Empire

  title={The Semi-Sovereign State: Belarus and the Russian Neo-Empire},
  author={Kathleen J. Hancock},
States sometimes sacrifice sovereignty to other states. What can account for this seemingly irrational behavior? In analyzing Belarus’ membership in the Russia neo-empire, I find that four factors explain President Aleksandyr Lukashenka’s decision to sacrifice some sovereignty to Russia. The first and previously most ignored variable is the degree of relation-specific assets (RSAs), most notably fuel pipelines. While Russian President Vladimir Putin has attempted to ruthlessly force Lukashenka… 
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