Regionalism and Multivectorism in Eurasia: The Case of Ukraine

A Paper by Mikhail Molchanov, Professor, Department of Political Science, St. Thomas University, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2015

The need to balance between regional and global and between the old and new centres of power in the world imposes special demands on foreign policies. This gives rise to multivectorism – a concept originally developed specifically to describe international behaviours of vulnerable postcommunist regimes, although more recently applied to other developing countries, such as Turkey, India or Brazil (Barysch 2010; Carmody 2013).

Multivectorism is an adaptation strategy. It attempts to go beyond the politics of alliances and toward its opposite – the politics of the impartial and even engagement of foreign partners. The key part of the post-Soviet reconstruction and re-conceptualization of foreign policy could not but take into account the necessity to build mutually beneficial relationships with all partners, thus leaving the legacy of the cold war behind.

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