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Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union

Ruth Deyermond
Security and Sovereignty in the Former Soviet Union
ISBN: 978-1-58826-576-0
2007/233 pages/LC: 2007024798

"A sophisticated and timely engagement with the strategic puzzles of the post-Soviet space."—Emilian Kavalski, Millennium

“The central thesis is convincing and the empirical information gathered in its defense is impressive.... Well written, well researched, and a welcome addition to the literature on the Soviet successor states.”—John G. Glenn, Slavic Review

“A lucid and convincing treatment of the events that unfolded during the 1990s in the former Soviet Union.”—Enzo Loner, Europe-Asia Studies


Among the contentious issues that come into play in relations between Russia and the other post-Soviet states, security concerns are arguably at the top of the list. Ruth Deyermond explores the linkage between post-Soviet security politics and the development of state sovereignty in the region, focusing on Russia's interactions with Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus.

Deyermond ranges from ownership of nuclear weapons, to the use of military bases, to control of the Black Sea Fleet to show how competing understandings of sovereignty and the willingness of the smaller states to assert their independence from Russia have shaped both the nature and the outcome of disputes about military assets. Her analysis of the complex interconnections involved highlight a critical aspect of the post-Soviet security environment.


Ruth Deyermond is lecturer in the Department of War Studies at King's College London.


  • Introduction.
  • Competing Sovereignties in the Former Soviet Union.
  • Nuclear Weapons: Russia,Ukraine, and Belarus.
  • The Black Sea Fleet: Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia.
  • Military Facilities: Russia, Georgia, and Belarus.
  • Sovereignty and Security in the Twenty-First Century.