Stabilization Of Russia Case Study

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Stabilization of Kosovo through Russian Involvement Every state is motivated by self-interest when it comes to international affairs. Ethical reasoning can come into play when states try to intervene when infractions against human rights occur. The protection of human rights is a basic law a majority of states enforce. However, when a violation of these basic rights is tested the way in which states react is key to understanding the complexity of humanitarian intervention. Humanitarian intervention considers many arguments, the main being responsibility versus sovereignty and the destabilization of a preexisting, tyrannical regime. Although both arguments are valid for discussion, many people fail to see this because of self-interest. This …show more content…
The ethical concepts, traditions, and strategies utilized by the state became clearer. Consequentialist reasoning and self-interest were the main influences behind limited involvement based on the Russians extremely destitute state. Boris Yeltsin and Sergei Lavrov took the economic stability of Russia and its people into extreme consideration. The evaluation of the potential negative effect was evaluated and ultimately decided humanitarian intervention would be too costly. However, costly involvement could be Russia still considered the possible benefits. These included political alliances and access to a region close to Western States that could impose a potential threat. This strategy not only proved to protect Russia’s sovereignty and imperialism but also would help cleanse their already damaged image due to the effects of the Cold War. Chernomyrdin and Lavrov believed in limited involvement in the region but still wanted a unilateral pressure imposed for Russia’s benefit. Although consequentialism was a large factor in the decision to stay uninvolved in the conflict, Yeltsin still believed that protection of human rights should be accomplished. However, this should avoid complete intervention and would only be discussed through a summit meeting. Russia’s deviation from the original plan was due to the alignment of self-interest as brought …show more content…
However, with the threat of airstrikes and an estimated large number of civilian casualties Russia became involved, but with restraints. The stabilizing of a regime was the goal in order to secure the conflict and limit infractions upon human rights. Stabilization was the philosophical goal, but was not met due to NATO bombing Serbia in an effort to force Milosevic out of power. Although humanitarian intervention was not avoided, the Russian government still declared it was their responsibility to protect the sovereignty of the people. This was accomplished through the use of a UN world leader summit, under the agreement that Boris Yeltsin would attend. Ultimately the summit lead to controversial decisions and in the end resulted in the demise of Milosevic’s tyranny in Serbia and a needed regime change. These actions lead to the autonomy of Kosovo as an independent state, which still stands today. The Kosovo Crisis simulation categorically shows how one decision by a state actor can change the course of an unresolved conflict evaluated by an entire system of states. The protection of human-rights is a goal that every state should have in mind; however the consequences of intervention can outweigh the benefits. Humanitarian intervention takes the argument of responsibility versus sovereignty and the destabilizing of a preexisting regime. Both these arguments display

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