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Implementation of the Interests of ’Great Powers’ in the Conflicts in Kosovo and South Ossetia: Success and Failures

Student: Elena Fedulova

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Master

Year of Graduation: 2014

<div>The paper examines whether Russian and American interests in the conflicts in South Ossetia&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>and Kosovo, respectively, were achieved and why. To conduct the following research, the&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>methods of onion analysis, case study and comparative analysis were applied. To reach the&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>goal of the study, the interests of the two states were investigated, their policies in the conflicts&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>were analysed, the achieved goals were evaluated and the reasons for failures and success were&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>found out. The outcomes of the conflicts were generally positive for both Russia and the USA;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>however, not all their interests were implemented. The following factors that influenced goal&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>achieving were called: integration of the interests in the conflicts with states&rsquo; Grand Strategies,&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>way of presentation of states&rsquo; interests, communication with the world community through&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>international organisations, support for the states&rsquo; policies inside a country, a clear plan of&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>implementation, balance between &ldquo;hard&rdquo; and &ldquo;soft power&rdquo;, importance of the conflict resolution&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>for the other states, influence of the other political issues, the states&rsquo; images on the world arena.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the United States the combination of those factors was more positive, which explains why its&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>level of goal-achieving was higher.</div>

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