Treaty networks, nesting, and interstate cooperation: Russia, the FSU, and the CIS

John P. Willerton, Michael O. Slobodchikoff, Gary Goertz

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Networks of treaties with treaty nesting, wherein treaties build upon, expand upon, or are grounded in preexisting treaties, are an increasingly important dimension of interstate cooperation. Focusing on relations within the area of the former Soviet Union (FSU), with special attention to both multilateral and bilateral arrangements between Russia and other FSU states, we illuminate treaty activism and regional cooperation among Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members in the security domain. Beyond an analysis of multilateral and bilateral CIS alliance agreements, we evaluate the more focused security arrangements of two FSU–CIS bilateral relationships: Russia–Turkmenistan and Russia–Georgia. We intentionally analyze these two complex and problematic bilateral relationships, where treaty activism and networks permitted the signatory states to address common security issues. The breakdown of the Russian–Georgian relationship with the August 2008 war should not obscure the significant conflict management efforts of the preceding decade and a half; efforts that were grounded in intensive treaty activity. Joined together, these CIS multilateral and focused bilateral relationships point to a treaty complex and architecture that partially manage the contrasting security interests of FSU states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-82
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Area Studies Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • CIS
  • Russia
  • Russian foreign policy
  • former Soviet Union
  • regional cooperation
  • treaty nesting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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