Sovereignty conflicts or disputes: Crimea, Russia and Ukraine

What we see on the media…





Reality: Where is Crimea? What is this sovereignty conflict or dispute about?


Crimea is Russian’ some argue (Burke-White 2014). ‘[T]he United States and its European allies share most of the responsibility for the crisis’, others maintain (Mearsheimer 2014). Yet some go even further and announce apocalyptically a new Cold War (Roskin 2014). Leaving aside these and other opinions, the fact is that in early 2014 Crimea became the centre of a crisis with Russia and Ukraine as leading actors in the conflict. President Yanukovych was driven from power, Russia seized control of Crimea, and a referendum followed. Ukraine and most of the Western world considered the measures invalid (Barry 2014). In addition to the Crimean “local” crisis in which we may recognise three agents, that is Crimea, Ukraine, and Russia, it is also a reality that this dispute has larger repercussions geographically, politically, and culturally speaking not only for the region but potentially with regards to the globe (Molchanov 2004).

While it is true that there is a crisis in the Crimean Peninsula, and tension is evident between Russia and Ukraine, there is also a fair share of rhetorical argumentation adding unnecessary considerations within legal and political sciences that do not seem to offer any tangible way out. Given that the Crimean crisis is but one of many other sovereignty conflicts currently existent around the world, why not thinking of this particular dispute as an example towards peaceful multilateral understanding through dialogue and negotiations?
Sources
Barry, M. (2014) ‘The Loss of Crimea, How Much Does Ukraine Lose, and How Much Does Russia Gain, a Computable General Equilibrium Model’, Journal of Global Peace and Conflict, 2.

Burke-White, W. (2014) ‘Crimea and the International Legal Order’, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 56.

Mearsheimer, J. (2014) ‘Why the Ukraine Crisis is the West’s Fault’, Foreign Affairs, 93.
Molchanov, M. (2004) ‘Ukraine and the European Union: a Perennial Neighbour?’, Journal of European Integration, 26.

Roskin, M. (2014) ‘The New Cold War’, Parameters,44.

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