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State Building, Theoretical Approaches

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The rules that regulate the state building process have changed over time, and it is worth looking at the development of the requirements of a state, in order to grasp the process of transition from Communism to a liberal democracy, as it is taking place in the Caucasus since 1991. This legal theoretical framework helps to understand the problematical consequences of weak and failing states in comparison to strong states. The Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States dealt with criteria that could be used in order to assess whether an entity could be regarded as a state. It states that four conditions must be met in order to be called a state. There must be a permanent population, a defined territory, a government and the capacity to enter into relations with other states.

Keywords: Caucasus; government; Montevideo Convention; population; State Building; territory; Theoretical framework



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