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Role Conceptions, Crises, and Georgia's Foreign Policy
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division, Sektionen för markoperationer (KV Mark). Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Tactical Warfare Division, Land Operations Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3339-3536
2018 (English)In: Cooperation and Conflict, ISSN 0010-8367, E-ISSN 1460-3691, ISSN 0010-8367, p. 1-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the scope conditions of national role conceptions as reference points for foreign policy decision making during crises. It aims to contribute to a refined perspective of the agency of new states undergoing socialization processes in relations with significant others. Drawing on a primary material consisting of interviews with Georgian and US officials, the article analyzes the significance of Georgia’s role conceptions in the country’s relations with the USA in relation to two major crises: the 2007 riots in Tbilisi and the 2008 war with Russia. The article posits that crises provide situational circumstances where the requirements of appropriate behavior associated with role expectations may enter into conflict with the demands of the immediate situation. In order to resolve ensuing role conflicts, actors face the need to both rationalize role expectations, and to compensate for departures from them. In turn, these strategies relate to the possibility for change and stability in role conceptions, and by extension their enactment in foreign policy. The analysis of the Georgian government’s management of the two crises demonstrates actions that implied both rationalization and compensation, aiming to retain the credibility of its existing role conceptions in the eyes of its US counterparts.

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2018. p. 1-21
Keywords [en]
Crisis, foreign policy, Georgia, role conflict, role theory, socialization
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8231DOI: 10.1177/0010836718808332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8231DiVA, id: diva2:1265487
Available from: 2018-11-23 Created: 2018-11-23 Last updated: 2018-12-05Bibliographically approved

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