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Contemporary Russia-US Geopolitical Conflicts: Causes, Characteristics And Impacts

Posted on:2010-11-01Degree:MasterType:Thesis
Country:ChinaCandidate:X D CuiFull Text:PDF
GTID:2166360275956095Subject:International politics
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Russia and the United States are two important countries in the world. Since the end of cold war, the geopolitical conflicts between the two countries occurred one after another. Entering into 21st century, with the rapid economic development under the leadership of Putin, Russia began to fight back against the United States' geopolitical blockage, resulting in the aggravation of the conflict. This paper, through analyzing the conflicts between the two countries, studies the root causes and characteristics of the conflicts and the impact of the conflict. Through this unique angle, the discrepancy of the relation between the two countries is analyzed so as to offer a new way to predict the development of the relations between the two countries. The paper consists of four parts.The first part elaborates on the geopolitical factors in the international politics and introduces the definition, development, and classification of geopolitics. Based on the theory of "land power" represented by Mackinder, the conflicts between the two countries in central Asia, east Europe and Caucasia, and the Middle East and other Eurasia continent are studied.Based on the elaboration of the geopolitical conflicts between the two countries, the second part analyzes the causes of the conflicts from the perspectives of strategic objectives, geopolitics, geo-economics, and geo-culture.The third part summarizes the characteristics of the geopolitical conflicts. The first characteristic is the importance of counterpart strategies between the two countries. The second is that the United States is on the offence while Russia is on the defense, which strikes a balance in relations between the two countries. The third is that the conflicts between the two countries are accompanied by the ideological differences which did not die with the end of cold war but in the contrary plays an important role in the conflict. The fourth is that the conflict involves other countries in the world to make the matter more complicated.The last part mainly discusses the impact of the conflict between the two countries. Firstly, as one of the most important bilateral relations, the geopolitical conflicts between the United States will surely give major influence on the world which is first reflected by the relation between the two countries especially the arms race. Secondly, the competition between the two countries gives great impact on the other countries and regions involved with turbulence and chaos, and in the mean time it also promotes the economic development of these countries. Thirdly, the conflict between the two countries influences the stability of world peace. Lastly based on the influence of the geopolitical conflict between the two countries, the paper predicts the development of Russia-America relation: the competition for geopolitical advantage will bring the two countries back to cold war period again. Due to the political, economical, and military restrictions as well as international political environment, the two countries will restrict the impact in a certain range so as to avoid the deterioration of the conflict.
Keywords/Search Tags:geopolitics, Russia-America relation, conflict
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