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Regional Leadership in Post-Soviet Eurasia
The Strategies of Russia, China, and the European Union

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ISBN 9781032317786
May 22, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores power in international relations, in a world characterized by the growing competition of major powers for smaller nations. Focusing on the major powers and smaller countries of Eurasia, it argues that power in international relations is different from coercion and is rather a social contract between a leader state and follower states where reciprocity is key and where leadership relationships cannot be adequately explained by focusing solely on the leader. It challenges the perception that genuine regional leadership is quite common, contending instead that it is rare; that much more often major powers make claims for leadership; and that regional leadership does not indicate the status of a particular state, but rather the social role of the leader, which is recognized by its followers, a role which is always relative and based on communication and constant interaction with followers. The book highlights the important role followers play in recognizing regional power, the importance for a state's regional leadership strategy in creating and holding a valuable position attractive for followers and delivering greater value to followers compared to other potential leaders.

Table of Contents


Irina Busygina and Svetlana Krivokhizh

Chapter 1

Conceptualizing regional leadership

Irina Busygina and Svetlana Krivokhizh

Chapter 2

Complex Interaction of Leadership Projects in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Ivan S. Grigoriev

Chapter 3

The Road to War: How Russia Has Lost the Chances for Leadership in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Irina Busygina and Mikhail Filippov

Chapter 4

"Crossing the River by Touching the Stones": China’s Leadership Strategy in Eurasia

Svetlana Krivokhizh and Elena Soboleva

Chapter 5

What Does the European Union’s Leadership Programme for Eurasia Consist of?

Anna A. Dekalchuk and Ivan S. Grigoriev

Chapter 6

Following Externals or Leading Internals? Kazakhstan as the Non-Follower with Leadership Ambitions of Its Own

Zhanibek Arynov

Chapter 7

The South Caucasus: a Challenge and an Opportunity. Russia, EU and China’s Prospects for Regional Leadership

Anna Ayvazyan


Chapter 8

From a Hesitant to an Assumed Leader? EU Role Conception and Eastern Partners’ Perceptions

Laure Delcour


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Irina Busygina is a Visiting Scholar at the Davis Center at Harvard University, USA

Svetlana Krivokhizh is an Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and African Studies, Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg, Russia