Drawing on the empirical case of the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, the book explores the theoretical underpinnings of the idea of 'great power management' first articulated within the English School of International Relations. The contributors to the volume approach this idea from a variety of theoretical perspectives, ranging from policy-analysis to critical theory, but all of them are addressing the same question: What does the Russian-Georgian war of 2008 tell us about great power management as an institution of international society?
'…young Russian IR scholars are finally bursting onto the international scene, suitably flanked by assorted colleagues from elsewhere. Russian IR theory has finally arrived.' Iver B. Neumann, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and author of Russia and the Idea of Europe 'The analysis of the Russian-Georgian war shows that the institution of great power management is undergoing historical change, so far insufficiently understood. In an often intriguing read, the book provides an important step to address that change, developing English School insights with e.g. Foucault, Schmitt, as well as identity and role theory.' Stefano Guzzini, Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark & Uppsala University, Sweden
Contents: Preface; Great Power management without Great Powers? The Russian-Georgian war of 2008 and global police/political order, Alexander Astrov; From Katechon to Intrigant: the breakdown of the post-Soviet Nomos, Sergei Prozorov; Great Power misalignment: the United States and the Russo-Georgian conflict, Irina Papkova; Russia and NATO after the Georgia war: re-actualizing the Great Power management prospects, Andrey Makarychev; Russia and EU's competitive neighbourhood, Jana Kobzova, Nicu Popescu and Andrew Wilson; The Georgian-Russian conflict: acute, frozen or settled?, Pertti Joenniemi; Pragmatic foreign policy: managing power differentials in the wider European society of states, Pami Aalto; A society of the weak, the medium and the great: Southeast Asia's lessons in building soft community among states, Alan Chong; Glorification and its modes: emulation, recognition and acclamation, Alexander Astrov; Bibliography; Index.