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Title: Illiberal Leviathans: Modeling the Sino-Russian Dynamic
Authors: Cuba, Alvaro
Advisors: Beissinger, Mark
Department: Woodrow Wilson School
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: Sino-Russian relations are both crucial to the future of world politics and tragically misunderstood. Borrowing from neorealist, neoliberal, and constructivist theories of international relations, this thesis presents a mutlicausal model for understanding the Sino-Russian security relationship. Analyzing Sino-Russian interactions in Central Asia, the Russian Far East, and on the subject of international interventions, we empirically evaluate our model’s predictive power. Finally, we discuss the case studies’ implications for international relations theory, concluding that national identities matter most for understanding the Sino-Russian relationship, and that their strategic partnership will probably remain a fixture of the 21st century’s geopolitical landscape.
Extent: 129 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Woodrow Wilson School, 1929-2016

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