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Pluralism and Conflict: The Debate about “Russian Values” and Politics of Identity

Churches, deposed Nikon for his abuses of power, but definitively approved of his reforms. The Russian rite and style of Orthodoxy were decisively condemned by the patriarchs. Importantly, the Greek patriarchs also addressed the political issue of the relationship between the Tsar and the Church. Indeed, they decreed that the tsar was godlike as far as his power is concerned and that he was God’s vicar on earth ( Zenkovsky 2009 , 224). The patriarch was put under the Tsar’s authority as regards civil and administrative issues. The Tsar was given the right to depose the

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Transnationalism in the Pacific Region as a Concept of State Identity

Pacific, its foreign policy objectives are achieved through its active membership in numerous international organizations and associations, such as APEC, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), or the WTO (here, e.g., New Zealand acceded to a joint development agenda, namely, the Doha Development Agenda) or the Pacific Islands Forum. Other issues arising in this regard to be picked up as manifestations of the practical implementation of its pro-Pacific orientation, is the fact that New Zealand and Australia have adopted a joint strategy for regional

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