How successful was Russia in Chechnya? Analytical Essay

A look at the success of Russian involvement in Chechnya
# 150424 | 900 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | GB

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This discussion analyses the Russian involvement in Chechnya, both in relation to military incursions as well as political influence and the outcomes of both. First, the paper gives some background about the first Chechen War. Then, it focuses on the aftermath of what has become known as the Second Chechen War. It argues that Russia's policy can largely be said to have been successful in a tactical sense but that the long, drawn out nature of the two conflicts, in particular the high amount of civilian deaths means that the future is still far from certain for both Chechnya and Russia.The paper does note, however, that if the relative peace that is currently in practice can be maintained, then a stronger more diplomatic peace can be built. This would ensure Chechnyan sovereignty and nationhood, which would be increasingly respected without the risk of destabilising the region. The paper concludes that the Russians were for the most part successful in Chechnya.

From the Paper:

"In the aftermath of the first Chechen War it was widely considered that the peace would be an uneasy one (Bowker 2004 p.362). It was widely thought that the Russians had simply oppressed an uprising rather than stopped a catastrophe. In particular, Bowker highlights the extreme nature of the positions, particularly on the secession side within the Chechen guerilla movement, as illustrating a fierce, all or nothing, mentality. As a result of this Russia's intention to grant political autonomy would never satisfy such people (Young et al 2003 p.630). Therefore, the seeds for the second Chechen war were sown in the ending of the first Chechen war. As a result of this, we can say that Russian policy at this stage represents a failure as it can be interpreted as a misreading of the situation and as leading to further bloodshed, particularly when one considers it was a result of a peace negotiation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bowker, Mike. (2004). Russia and Chechnya: the issue of secession. Nations and Nationalism, 10(4), 461-478.
  • Cochrane, Feargal (2008). Ending Wars. London: Polity.
  • Dannreuther, Roland. March, Luke (2008). Chechnya: Has Moscow Won?. Survival - Oxford, 50(4), 97-114.
  • Russell, John. (2007). Chechnya: Russia's 'war on terror' or 'war of terror'?. Europe-Asia Studies, 59(1), 163-180.
  • Strategic Comments (2009). Chechnya's war hangover. Strategic Comments, 15(5), 1-4.

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