Swords and Sustenance: The Economics of Security in Belarus and Ukraine

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The stability of the former Soviet states is threatened by their precarious geopolitical position within a turbulent economic and political environment. Swords and Sustenance explores the complex economic dimension of national security for two key post-Soviet countries, Belarus and Ukraine — that is,how they have dealt with the challenges posed by internal economic and political reform and their relationships with Russia and the West.The book first examines how differing commitments to economic and political reform (reform is largely absent in Belarus) affect Belarusian and Ukrainian approaches to security. It then considers the central role of Russia, and how Russian interests and policies toward Belarus and Ukraine limit the two countries' foreign and domestic policy choices. Two chapters discuss the national security implications for Belarus and Ukraine of two key economic factors in their foreign policy: energy trade (in the form of oil, gas,and pipelines) and military-industrial cooperation (including the sale of arms).

Finally, the book considers the relationships of Belarus and Ukraine with regional and global institutions and explores the policies of the EU, NATO, and the United States toward Belarus and Ukraine.

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"Fixing a historical and contemporary eye on the cases of Ukraine and Belarus, this outstanding collection of essays represents the best of scholarship on the highly complex links between politics and economics — between national identity and interstate relations — in the post-Soviet space and its relations with the world at large."—Roman Szporluk, Harvard University

"*Swords and Sustenance* serves as an important reminder that it is simply impossible to understand international relations without integrating political economy and security studies. This volume's contributions offer lessons for all IR students, regardless of specialization."—Jonathan Kirshner, Cornell University

"A thoughtful and penetrating analysis of the complex interdependence of security and economics in the post-Soviet space. It provides a valuable framework of analysis for both scholars of the region and policymakers."—Zbigniew Brzezinski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262621823
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: American Academy Studies in Global Security
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Celeste A. Wallander directs the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Glossary of Acronyms
Introduction: Economics and Security in the Post-Soviet Space 1
Ch. 1 Security or Prosperity? Belarusian and Ukrainian Choices 23
Ch. 2 Economics and Security in Russia's Foreign Policy and the Implications for Ukraine and Belarus 63
Ch. 3 Interpreting Interdependence: National Security and the Energy Trade of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus 101
Ch. 4 Military-Industrial Cooperation between Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia: Possibilities, Priorities, Prospects 129
Ch. 5 Econimic Integration and Security in the Post-Soviet Space 159
Ch. 6 The United States, the European Union, NATO, and the Economics of Ukrainian and Belarusian Security 189
Conclusion 227
Contributors 261
Index 263
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