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The External Relations Of Tatarstan: In Pursuit Of Sovereignty, Or Playing The Sub-Nationalist Card?

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This chapter deliberates on the effects of sub-nationalism on the profile of a region in external relations. It focuses on a Russian region with a strong identity and statehood aspirations, namely the Republic of Tatarstan. The chapter first looks at the theoretical debate linking nationalism and paradiplomacy. Second, there is an overview of the Russian domestic context, which could explain the regional claims for sovereignty. In the third and fourth parts, the chapter examines the degree of institutionalization in Tatarstans external relations. Evidence of the federal cooperative strategy vis-à-vis the ambiguous region is then presented. In the final part, the role of the regional political elite in making use of regional identity, actually conflating the civic and ethnic elements and demonstrating its manipulative power in relations with the federal centre, serves as an explanation for the aforementioned inconsistency.

Keywords: federal cooperative strategy; institutionalization; nationalism; paradiplomacy; sovereignty; Tatarstans external relations



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