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  • The Ukrainian Security Dilemma: Is neutrality an answer?
  • April 2012
  • The institution of neutrality has been exposed to unprecedented changes in the security environment. Developments in the system of international relations have led to the evolution of the very concept of neutrality.
    To reach full understanding, neutrality needs to be examined in theoretical, historical and practical perspectives. At the level of theory, the traditional realist approach has been replaced by the constructivists' ideas of identity, norms and values. In historical and practical terms, the cases of neutral Sweden and Finland provides examples for the non-aligned Ukraine of how effective the model of neutrality has been in solving the dilemma of national security.
    The conclusion is that a policy of ‘penetrating neutrality' is most likely the best security option for Ukraine. Institutionalized and internationally recognized, such neutrality will allow Ukraine to preserve its national security and national identity, while maintaining pragmatic and constructive cooperation with the great powers - the EU, NATO and Russia - for the foreseeable future in a changing world.

  • Apr 30, 2012
  • http://hdl.handle.net/1946/11157

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