Conflict Analysis and Resolution PaperIntroductionThe various factors surrounding the Ukrainian-Russian conflict has been discussed in detail. This factors and drivers have been dived into various levels such as individual level, societal level, international level and global/ecological level. There are various factors under every category such as religion, political science, system government, physiological factors, psychological and sociological factors and not forgetting historical faction. In one way of another, some of these factors and conditions had a role to play in escalating the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Russia-Ukraine conflict involved many parties from the region leading to a global interest in the issue.
While the Russian backed separatists wanted to be identified with the prosperous Europe, Putin had different interest in the region of showcasing Russian influence and keeping his pride amidst the storm (Torres et al, 2009). Sanctions imposed by the West culminated into a cease-fire and eventual calm in Ukraine, however, the conflict had already claimed its casualties. This paper uses Pillar 2 analysis to focus on Russia-Ukraine crisis and uses all aspect under this framework to analyze the case study. Pillar 2 analysis shows drivers and conditions that would make the conflict worse or better.
There are many factors and conditions that results into conflict that can be discussed under Pillar 2. Pillar 2 Russia-Ukraine conflict analysisPillar 2 of the 3 Pillar Framework covers causes as well as conditions of conflict. It explains the drivers of conflict. Causes as well as conditions of a particular conflict may develop from any number of multiple disciplines that include individual level, societal level, international level, and global/ecological level. Individual level involves biology and philosophy.
It explains nature verses nurture debate concerning human aggression. It concerns the physiology/neuroscience which are neurological processes within the brain that involves interactions between limbic, reptilian, and neocortical brains that escalate chances for violent behavior when the organism faces stress or threat. The psychology part involves the significance of perceptions and memory in conflict and conflict resolution behavior. Psychiatry explains the role of trauma in conflict behavior. Finally theology under individual level discusses the role of individual spiritual views in conflict and conflict resolution. Putin incursion into Crimea was more of individual ego and show case the Russian might against the West.
Putin’s goals of pursuing regional influence came into play in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Despite how opportunistic and haphazard in appearance, Russian actions within Ukraine continue to appear as strategic, although short-term, maneuvers to achieve Putin’s goals of causing constant conflict, making Ukraine ungovernable, making sure that is undesirable to the West and openly showing off Russian might in the wake of measured up response from the U. S. and EU. Putin opts to a continuous state of hostilities and making not effort to bring about any meaningful peace agreement.
Russia continued cease-fire violations despite Minsk agreements. Putin had his own personal agenda but uses the countries ideologies to pursue individual goals. Societal level revolves around anthropology that discusses the influence of culture in conflict and conflict resolution behavior. It also includes religion which is the significance of collective religious beliefs in conflict and conflict resolution behavior. The 2014 Ukraine-Russia crisis reflects a pattern of trouble triggered in the past ten years across the former Soviet Union and sets the stage for the next 3 to 5 years.
Some of the cases include 2008 war in Georgia and 2007 cyber-attacks on Estonia (Torres et al, 2009). The unrest demonstrated in Ukraine has become a signal case since it leads to reactions across the post-Soviet independent states and fur beyond. Civil society, governments as well as other players in the Baltic States across Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are watched keenly the instability within Ukraine for its potential impact on their own territories. Some members of Eurasian Economic Union like KAZAKHSTAN and Belarus did not endorse annexation of Crimea indicating their concern over Putin’s actions on Ukraine with regard to their own external and domestic vulnerabilities.
Russia is a proud nation and its people are deeply attached to this philosophy. The instinct, mindset and identity of Russian people are largely shaped by geography. Russians always suffered from a feeling of encirclement anxiety. Their world-view is shaped by conviction that people who seek to exploit and undermine their motherland just lie at their door step and hence they are obligated to strike first.
Societal values in Russia have played a big role in sinking in the hearts of people Putin’s propaganda concerning Ukraine crisis. Moreover, the issue concerning national identity continues to be a big issue in the scenario as is the case for most of the post-Soviet countries. The aggression by Russian has become a rallying opportunity for Ukrainian national unity. However, the lack of zeal by the leadership in building, solidifying, as well as sharpening a national identity that can be embraced by everyone leaves the citizens in a confused state of internal tensions and ambiguity.
Russia used this opportunity to continue divisive propaganda.