REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN GLOBAL SYSTEMS: A SOCIAL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS OF EUROPEAN AND RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICIES IN UKRAINE Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Hurst, Brett
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • From late 2013 until the present, a series of crises and conflicts have wracked Ukraine and contributed toward regional insecurity. Scholarship on European and Russian foreign policy toward Ukraine has focused on understanding the theories underlying the policy decisions. This paper seeks instead to apply social systems theory to understand how regional differences contribute to differences in what Moravcsik calls state preferences, as expressed in states’ foreign policies; this is done by investigating the foreign policies of the EU, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Russia toward Ukraine. European foreign policies tend to arise from economic concerns, and decision-making is often hobbled by member state bickering; Russian foreign policy, meanwhile, aims to maintain the privileged societal position of Russian elites at the top of the Russian political hierarchy. By understanding the regional variations from which foreign policy differences arise, it may be easier to find a resolution to the conflict.
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  • Stephens, John
  • Maxwell, Rahsaan
  • Moroff, Holger
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017
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