War initiation by weaker powers : Georgia-Russia war 2008

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dc.contributor.advisor Busby , Joshua W .
dc.contributor.committeeMember Wynn , Charters
dc.creator Cherkasova , Anna , 1987 -
dc.date.accessioned 2011 -01 -04T18 :02 :25Z
dc.date.accessioned 2011 -01 -04T18 :02 :38Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :48 :45Z
dc.date.available 2011 -01 -04T18 :02 :25Z
dc.date.available 2011 -01 -04T18 :02 :38Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :48 :45Z
dc.date.created 2010 -08
dc.date.issued 2011 -01 -04
dc.date.submitted August 2010
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -2003
dc.description.abstract This paper tries to determine to what extent US diplomatic and military support for Former Soviet Union (FSU ) countries influences these countries’ decisions to become more assertive in the region , thereby provoking Russia’s aggressive behavior . It employs Robert Jervis’s framework of ‘deterrence and perception’ which , among other things , suggests that a weaker state will or will not be deterred from initiating a conflict against its stronger adversary depending on whether this state receives strong signals of third -party support and whether this state receives strong signals of threat . The case studies explored are Georgia and Ukraine , with particular attention to both countries’ relations with the United States (as the source for third -party support ) and Russia (as the source for threat ) . The main finding is that Georgia’s perception of the US support was not sufficient to motivate Georgia to invade South Ossetia and thereby initiate a five -day war with Russia in August 2008 . Georgia’s perception of Russia’s threat to carry out the policy of “creeping annexation” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia was the primary motivator behind Georgia’s behavior .
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Georgia
dc.subject Russia
dc.subject War
dc.subject United States
dc.subject Foreign relations
dc.subject Diplomatic support
dc.subject Military support
dc.title War initiation by weaker powers : Georgia -Russia war 2008
dc.description.department LBJ School of Public Affairs
dc.description.department Russian , East European , and Eurasian Studies
dc.type.genre thesis *
dc.type.material text *
thesis.degree.name Master of Global Policy Studies
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Global Policy Studies
thesis.degree.discipline Russian , East European , and Eurasian Studies
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.department LBJ School of Public Affairs
thesis.degree.department Russian , East European , and Eurasian Studies
dc.date.updated 2011 -01 -04T18 :02 :38Z


War initiation by weaker powers : Georgia-Russia war 2008. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -08 -2003 .

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