Understanding the Structural Dynamics of the Russo-Chechen Conflict: A (Hi) Story of an Intractable Conflict and the prospects for Political Settlement
Ebenezer Agbeko

This article examines the undercurrent historical causes of the conflict between Russia and Chechnya, and the contemporary developments that have deepened this fractured relationship and put the conflicting parties far apart from dialogue and amicable political settlement. The article analyzes the economic and geo-strategic factors that arguably make Chechnya attractive for Russia, and for which the latter is bent on sacrificing everything including blood and resources to maintain the Chechnya republic in the metropolitan state, the Russian Federation. The article also assesses the tactics and modus operandi of the Chechen rebel movements that has culminated in their being characterized by Russia as lawless, barbaric and terrorists, as well as the overall impact of the Global war on Terror (GWOT) on the nationalist independence movement. Finally, the article explores political solutions and outlines recommendations for addressing the Russo-Chechen conflict to achieve a durable resolution that is acceptable to both parties.

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