Conflictogenic Zones of Near Abroad: Threat to Russia's Interests

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2010-2-75-89

N. Fedulova, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (

Abstract. In the present article, the author analyzes the problem of conflict zones around Russia on the post-Soviet space. The events of August 2008 in the Caucasus region highlighted many problems, which should be solved in order to ensure the security of Russia. Moreover, the "frozen" conflicts in South Caucasus and Moldavia carry a destructive potential. Territorial problems exist between Russia and Ukraine. The subject of the Caspian Sea legal status remains unclear, and it is bordered with Central Asia having its own social, ethno-religious and territorial problems, which create the instability belt on the southern borders of Russia. The success of Russia's policy and its global role will be determined foremost by its economic and scientific potential, its capacity for rapid development.  

Keywords: “frozen” conflicts, Commonwealth, cooperation, peaceful settlement

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For citation:
Fedulova N. Conflictogenic Zones of Near Abroad: Threat to Russia's Interests. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2010, no. 2, pp. 75-89.

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