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The hubris of the American empire in the geopolitical realist and eschatological civilizational Russian vision: The Ukrainian conflict in continuation of the Great Game (2015)

June 1, 2018
Since the breakup of Yugoslavia and the USSR, the "colour revolutions" and the "Arab Spring" might have contributed to trivialize the events of February 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. It would nevertheless, be neglecting the importance of geopolitical factors involved in the Euromaidan and largely explaining the consequences of this popular revolt that led to a coup. This would also require disregarding history and the realist Russian security perception faced with the hubris of the American unilateralism in the pursuit of the "Great Game". In contrary, just by trying to get into Russian boots, we understand that the current war in Ukraine acquires an eschatological dimension for Russia which fears its disappearance as the hearth of a civilization. This surprisingly echoes the declaration of Mitterrand: "France does not know it, but we are at war with America, Yes, a permanent war, a vital war, an economic war, a war apparently without deaths. Yes, the American are very hard, they are voracious, they want undivided power over the world. It is an unknown war, a permanent war, without apparently death and yet a war to death" (Mitterrand, cited in Benamou, 1997). Finally, this brings us to conclude that the United States should change their behaviour because Russia constitutes more a potential ally than a threat for them.
Postgraduate Degree Dissertation
M.A. International Relations (Security)POLSIS,School of Government & SocietyUniversity of Birmingham, UKAuthor: Marko Alexandre MartinovicDate: 17 September 2015
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