Volume 42 | Issue 1 | Page 223

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

by Adam Sorenson

This note will first provide a modern history of the right to selfdetermination in international law. It will then analyze South Ossetia’s history, the language and scope of the Treaty on Alliance and Integration which South Ossetia signed with Russia, and the arguments for and against the legality of the treaty. This paper will conclude by discussing the future implications of Russia’s actions and will demonstrate how a failure to clarify and enforce the laws surrounding the right of self-determination could open the door for other peoples to follow in the footsteps of the Russian bear and seek their own geopolitical agenda, rather than adhering to the international laws which supposedly bind us and keep us all in check.

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