Борьба за признание или повышение статуса: условия устойчивости и развития непризнанных государств (на примерах в Евразии)
This article analyses prospects for changes in the status of unrecognized states in Greater Eurasia. Status and recognition are often regarded as closely associated but still different categories in international relations (IR) theory and international law. Status defines a state’s rank in the international hierarchy because the international system itself is hierarchical. Recognition is a different category; it defines whether other countries recognize the state as full-fledged and sovereign. Sovereignty is a third category related to recognition, but not equal to it, as it is divided into internal and external (international). There are examples of internally sovereign states that effectively control their territories and collect taxes but are not recognized by other states. This article focuses on whether an unrecognized state can strengthen its status and gain a firmer foothold on the international scene. The article shows that this is possible, and that the absence of international recognition is not an insurmountable impediment to such country’s survival and economic development.