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Battle of Two Logics: Appropriateness And Consequentiality in Russian Interventions in Georgia

Author(s): Dr. Robert Nalbandov

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 20;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Logic of appropriateness | logic of expected consequences | third party interventions | Georgia | Russia | Abkhazia | South Ossetia

The article offers a discussion of the two logics that govern the behavior of organizational actors – the logic of appropriateness and the logic of expected consequences – by transferring them into the realm of international relations, in particular, in explaining the causes and reasoning behind third party military interventions into the domestic affairs of other states. The article provides a theoretical novelty of assessing the success of interventions not by durability of peace as their main aim, but by actual fulfillment of their interventionary goals and objective, which shall be considered when discussing the pros and cons of the two logics. By analyzing the case of the Russian interventions in Georgian starting from 1992 and ending with the recent war in South Ossetia in 2008, the author argues that the likelihood of success of interventions is higher when the two logics are merged and not separated from each other in guiding the decision-makers in their actions.
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