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The Rise and Demise of Military Blocks: Case Study of the Warsaw Treaty and NATO

Student: Kristina Madoian

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Double degree programme in International Relations of the NRU HSE and the University of London (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The aim of this paper is to find out the reasons for the creation of military blocs and their subsequent decline with the use of case studies. The first part of the work is theoretical. It includes information about different approaches for understanding the causes of the establishment of various military alliances. The second part is mainly dedicated to the case study of the Warsaw Pact, as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This paper includes qualitative research methods, for example, works of different authors. This topic is important and relevant to study because states have always formed alliances, since ancient times and until nowadays there are a lot of military unions. They always rise in order to serve the interests of their member states, and after becoming inappropriate, such alliances tend to dissolve. However, there are some of them which are being transformed and continue to operate for other purposes. And one of them functions till nowadays. In this work, both options will be considered and analyzed.

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