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Russia's Great Power Assertion: Status-Seeking in the Arctic

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As a state driven by a desire to return to its historical self-image, Russia's great power status has been crucial to the construction of the country's national identity and interests in the Arctic and on the world stage. This article explores the link between material incentives and status-seeking motivations in the development of Russia's Arctic policy. It will examine the extent to which Russian behavior in the Arctic is explained by status concerns and how much can be attributed to material interests. Russian perception of itself as a leading Arctic power is an instrumental source of projecting domestic and international status. By drawing upon historical aspirations, Russia's pursuit of great power status in the Arctic encompasses multi-dimensional motivations and engages multi-level audiences.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2017

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