"As the number of peacekeeping efforts conducted internationally under the aegis of military forces increases, thers is more pressure to resolve the dilemma inherent in all peacekeeping activities-how to combine efficiency with legitimacy. This dilemma is particularly acute in the many conflicts that have mushroomed in the Eurasian region following the disintegration of the Soviet state. Given the history of Soviet Russian repression of ethnicnational entities, can Russia-the USSR's primary heir-be relied on to resolve rather than inflame conflicts in the other post-Soviet states and regions? In order to answer this question, the contributors to this timely volume evaluate the factors that guarantee Russia's intervention in its ""near abroad."" They debate whether Russian ""peacekeeping"" is legitimate according to international norms or whether it may be a harbinger of ""neoimperialism."" Finally, they explore the origins and effectiveness of Russia's intervention in four cases of regional conflict and discuss the complexities of broader multilateral involvement."
Acknowledgments -- About the Editors and Contributors -- PART ONE -- Introduction -- 1. Russia and Peacekeeping in Eurasia /Lena Jonson& Clive Archer -- PART TWO -- Russian Interventionism in Eurasia -- 2. The Military Background and Context to Russian Peacekeeping /Roy Allison -- 3. The Russian Domestic Debate on Policy Towards the “Near Abroad” /Alexander A. Pikayev -- 4. The Influence of the Balkan Crisis on Russia’s Peacekeeping in Its “Near Abroad” /Pavel Baev -- PART THREE -- Case Studies of Russian Peacekeeping -- 5. The Case of Tajikistan /Iver B. Neumann & Sergei Solodovnik -- 6. The Case of Transdniestr (Moldova) /Jeff Chinn -- 7. The Case of Abkhazia (Georgia) /Catherine Dale -- 8. The Case of Nagomo-Karabakh (Azerbaijan) /Dimitry Furman & Carl Johan Asenius -- PART FOUR -- Multilateral Security Organisations -- for Peacekeeping in Eurasia -- 9. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) /Anna Kreikemeyer & Andrei V. Zagorski -- 10. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe -- (OSCE) /Piotr Switalski & Ingrid Tersman -- 11. The United Nations (UN) /Paul Taylor & Karen Smith -- 12. NATO, NACC and the Partnership for Peace /Nelson Drew -- About the Book.