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Ideas and Identities

A Festschrift for Andre Liebich

Edited By Jaci Eisenberg and Davide Rodogno

This volume gathers contributions at the intersection of history and politics. The essays, covering such topics as diverse as Italian identity in the Tientsin concession, international refugee policies in the interwar period and after, and the myths and realities of the Ukrainian-Russian encounter in independent Ukraine, show that history provides better grounding as well as a more suitable paradigm for the study of politics than economics or other hard sciences. All of the contributors have a common link – doctoral work supervised and shaped by Professor Andre Liebich – but have since expanded widely in the world. Hence, the authors of this work at once share a common base and yet benefit from diverse viewpoints.
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The Former Soviet States and United Nations General Assembly Politics: An Analysis of Voting Behaviours: Anna Mkhoyan


The Former Soviet States and United Nations General Assembly Politics: An Analysis of Voting Behaviours



After the fall of the Soviet Union, from 1991–1992, the Newly Independent States (NIS) all had the possibility to join the United Nations (UN). Russia was the designated successor of the USSR at the UN, while each of the other post-Soviet states applied for separate membership. The Byelorussian SSR and Ukrainian SSR, members of the UN along with the USSR since 1945, changed their names to Belarus and Ukraine, respectively. The Russian Federation inherited the diplomatic properties of the USSR and its seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Yuli Mikhailovich Vorontsov, a Soviet diplomat and last Soviet ambassador to the UN, presented new credentials in his new capacity as the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN in 1991, and served in this new capacity until 1994. Though the Soviet Union’s membership “in the Security Council and all other United Nations’ organs was being continued by the Russian Federation with the support of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States [CIS],” the latter [CIS] did not reassert itself as a successor entity to the USSR.1

During the Cold War period the Soviet bloc or the Warsaw Pact group was one of the most cohesive (when the voting coincidence is very high) blocs, at least until 1985 at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and the votes...

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