Betcy Jose / Christoph H. Stefes

Russian Norm Entrepreneurship in Crimea: Serious Contestation or Cheap Talk?

GIGA Working Papers | 2018

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    German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)




    Western actors have long dominated the political processes and discourses that shape global norms impacting interstate behaviour. Yet, more recently, powerful autocratic regimes such as China and Russia have seemingly challenged democracies, emerging as potential contesters of international norms. What might be the outcome of this contestation? This paper broadly explores this query by investigating Russia’s humanitarian justifications for its Ukrainian incursion. It examines whether Russia’s claim of humanitarian intervention is more than a petty attempt to disguise pure power politics. Is Russia contesting Western understandings of humanitarian interventions in order to reshape our ideas of permissible violations of sovereignty norms to protect vulnerable populations? Using Atlas.ti, we also explore global responses to Russia’s humanitarian claims. Our initial findings indicate that the Ukrainian intervention enabled Russia to contest Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and to champion an alternative version of humanitarian intervention with some limited success.

    Betcy Jose

    Christoph H. Stefes


    Research Project | 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2019

    International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes - IDCAR-Network

    In politics and political science alike, the increasing international influence of authoritarian regimes has become a central concern around the globe. From 2014-2019, the IDCAR network brought together some of the most renowned scholars in the field to produce high-level research and, based on this, policy advice and public outreach.
    Leibniz Association, 2014-2019

    Julia Bader

    Jason Brownlee

    Valerie Bunce

    Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant

    May Darwich

    Jun. Prof. Thomas Demmelhuber

    Marlies Glasius

    Marianne Kneuer

    Karrie Koesel

    Wolfgang Merkel

    Christoph H. Stefes

    Oisin Tansey

    Lucan Way

    Prof. Dr. Kurt Weyland

    Prof. Dr. Laurence Whitehead


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