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42 N.C. J. Int'l L. 223 (2016-2017)
South Ossetia and Russia: The Treaty, the Takeover, the Future

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  South  Ossetia  and  Russia:   The  Treaty,  the Takeover,
                          the Future

                        Adam   Sorensont


 I.    Introduction    .................................223
 II.   The Modem   Right of Self-Determination.................225
 III.  The Treaty on Alliance and Integration....  .....228
       A. The  History of South Ossetia .........  ........228
       B. The  Russia-South Ossetian Treaty on Alliance and
          Integration      .....................   .....231
 IV.  The  Legality of The Treaty on Alliance and
      Integration.     ............................. 234
      A.  Russia's Argument  for Self-Determination........234
      B.  The  Argument  for State Sovereignty ...  .....238
      C.  What  This Means  for the Treaty on Alliance and
          Integration     .....................   .....241
      D.  Post-Treaty South Ossetia..........       .....242
      E.  U.S. Response  to the Treaty and Recent
          Developments      ...................   .....245
IV.   Looking  to the Future  ...............       ......246


I.  Introduction
    For  decades, the West   viewed  everything  about Russia's
absolutism, size, and globe-spanning ambitions as a direct challenge
to the Western  idea of  an international order that depends on
equilibrium and the restraint of imperialistic powers.' The end of
the Cold War brought an end to many of the West's fears about the
spread  of Russian  influence throughout the  world, unleashing
optimism  that the  decline of  the Soviet  Union  signaled the
beginning of a new relationship between Russia and the West. The


t J.D. Candidate 2017, University of North Carolina School of Law.
    i See Adam Twardowski, The Return ofNovorossiya: Why Russia's Intervention in
Ukraine Exposes the Weakness ofInternational Law, 24 MINN. J. INT'L L. 351, 356 (2015)
(stating the international perception of Russia).

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