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The Influence of Small States: Belarus's Foreign Policy and State Identity

Radchuk, Tanya (2022) The Influence of Small States: Belarus's Foreign Policy and State Identity. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.96679) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:96679)

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In exploring the question of Belarus's influence on Russia and the EU by the non-material means of state identity, the research has developed the Composite State Identity as a theoretical framework to examine the dynamics of influence. It argues that congruence and engagement of state identity, conceptualised as a composite of three temporal components, which are related to the past, the future, and the present, vis-à-vis the Other, help understand the dynamics of influence of Belarus, a smaller state, vis-à-vis its larger neighbours, Russia and the EU. Specifically, the engagement of at least one component of state identity which is externally congruent with the Other positively contributes to the influence, which the Self is able to wield. The thesis seeks to show how Belarus constructed its state identity in the three decades after its independence vis-à-vis two external Others, Russia and the EU, and how the change in state identity constituted Belarus's influence, both successful and not.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Korosteleva, Elena
Thesis advisor: Bode, Ingvild
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.96679
Uncontrolled keywords: Belarus, foreign policy, the EU, Russia, state identity, influence, small states, constructivism
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2022 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 11:35 UTC
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