The Right to War and Katechon in the Geopolitics of Crisis

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor Department of Political Science and International Relations Faculty of Economics and Political Science Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 Faculty of Law Shahid Beheshti


Conducting a special military operation in Ukraine has created a crisis in legal and geopolitical order. Political documents such as ``On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians`` and ``On conducting a special military operation`` cannot be truly re-read except by re-interpreting the geopolitico-theological texts of the Heideggerian theoreticians of the Russian Katechonic identity. By re-visiting the theory of Katechon, this article aims to examine the so-called Katechontic identity of Russia in the geopolitics of crisis and the dimensions of the Russian mindset in intervention in legal rule-making in the global state of war. In fact, the main question of this article is how the Katechonic identity of Russia is defined in apocalyptic geopolitics, and theories such as neo-Eurasianism and National Bolshevism, based on theological and philosophical foundations, have worked to prepare an anti-legal order beyond the international legal order? This article is in the framework of critical theory in international law and critical geopolitics.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 20 July 2023
  • Receive Date: 09 March 2023
  • Revise Date: 01 July 2023
  • Accept Date: 20 July 2023