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Chasing a Chimera
Chasing a Chimera

Closer EU-EEU ties will not lead to a rapprochement with Russia

02/03/2015 | by Stefan Meister | Russia, Conflicts and Strategies

The main cause of the conflict between Russia and the West lies in the internal legitimization deficit of Putin’s own system. A closer cooperation with Moscow’s Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) would not only undermine the EU’s values – the Kremlin is simply not interested. A reply to Mark Leonard’s and Ivan Krastev’s “The New European Disorder.”

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Politics Trump Economics
Politics Trump Economics

Germany’s approach to Russia, namely supporting political change by deepening economic relations, has failed

05/02/2015 | by Stefan Meister | Russia, German Foreign Policy

Russia's pursuit of politically motivated yet economically irrational behavior has shown that decades of attempted economic integration between Russia and the West have failed. Attempts to engage Moscow through its Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) look similarly futile. Germany's retreat from this strategy will have long-term consequences for both financial and political investment in Russia.

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A Concession That Never Was
How cooperative is Russia really on non-proliferation?
01/12/2014 | by Gustav Gressel
Russia’s “new” greater assistance for Iran’s nuclear program is nothing of the kind. For years, Russia has hidden its proliferation activities behind diplomatic smokescreens. Research suggests that intermediate range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) used by North Korea and Iran are in fact either Russian missiles or depend on key components from Russia. And Moscow’s lending a not-so-invisible hand does not stop there.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Russia, Iran, North Korea
Europe’s New (In)Security Order
The Ukraine conflict has changed the European security architecture
25/11/2014 | by Claudia Major, Jana Puglierin
The Ukraine crisis has substantially and perhaps permanently altered Europe’s security structure. Europe is now much less secure, and its security architecture altogether less stable, more confrontational, and less predictable. Individual states, along with NATO, the EU, and the OSCE, must now address the deficiencies in this new order. At the same time, Europe has a better chance to exist peacefully if it succeeds in binding Russia into a cooperative order – as demanding as that will be.
Category Security, Europe, Russia
Would Solidarity Suffice?
Stress-testing a Russian gas cutoff, the EU may be too optimistic
17/11/2014 | by Thomas W. O'Donnell
With the actions of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin becoming ever more unpredictable, the EU Energy Stress Test was an important step to prepare for the contingency of a supply stop of Russian gas to Europe. Relying on solidarity and LNG imports, however, may not be enough.
Category Resources and Energy, Europe, Russia
Are Ukrainians Europeans?
Ukrainian desire to be European tragically matured at the wrong time
23/04/2014 | by Elizabeth Pond
Protests pressing the Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to drop the country’s fealty to Moscow and sign an association agreement with the European Union instead sparked the present crisis. With Russia now threatening to invade Eastern and Southern Ukraine as well, perhaps the obverse question is even more relevant: Does the West think of Ukraine as European?
Category War/Warfare, Ukraine, Russia
The Primacy of Economic Interests
Economic interests trump security and challenge Western unity
15/11/2012 | by Michael Rühle
As traditional security policy is superseded by economic and energy interests, we must begin to discuss the “economization of security policy” – the implications of which go far beyond the current global financial crisis and its effects on the security policy of the West. One voice inside NATO describes what needs to be done to ensure that this commercialization of security will still allow the friendly member countries of NATO and the EU to avoid 21st century conflicts and to continue to act collectively.
Category Financial Crisis, Finance, Economy and Finance, NATO, European Union, Regional Organizations, Law & Institutions, Military Capacity, Security, Resources and Energy, China, Russia, Worldwide
From Reset to Re-Understanding
An opportunity to support more democratic reform in Russia
15/08/2012 | by Iris Kempe
The West’s reset of relations with Russia over the last three and a half years has served its purpose. What Europe needs now is a re-understanding of Russia. Only such a re-understanding will help support the country's liberal middle class as it fights for more democratic rights.
Category Democratization/System Change, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
Educated to Violence
The brutal socialization of Russian men
01/10/2006 | by Sonja Margolina
Abuse, brutality and even torture are everyday phenomena in Russia’s armed forces, police and in the prison system. In these institutions, entire generations of young men are socialized and rendered physical and psychological wrecks. They end up transmitting their disorders to society at large.
Category Government and Society, Russia, Eastern Europe
Russia’s Hobbled Civil Society
Caught between old ideologies and a powerful state
01/09/2006 | by Barbara von Ow-Freytag
For most Russians, the shock of the early 1990’s has discredited the notion of democracy, making it difficult for civil society to prevail over new authoritarian trends and old ideologies. Nevertheless, the struggling civic movement in Russia deserves the West’s support.
Category Government and Society, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
How Not to Deal with a Backsliding Russia
Distinct authoritarian trends are emerging in Putin’s Kremlin
01/02/2005 | by Heinrich Vogel
Russian foreign policy has managed to play off the competitive reflexes of Western governments, which are jockeying for privileged access to Putin.
Category Political System, Political Culture, Government and Society, Russia
Russia’s Near Abroad
What will happen the next time a Soviet successor state rebels?
01/02/2005 | by Jacek Cichocki
How will the Kremlin act next time around? After its rebuffs in 2004 in the Rose and Orange Revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, how will Moscow behave when the next country in Russia’s sphere of influence seeks to dilute that influence?
Category Political Culture, Corruption, Government and Society, Russia
War in the Failed Republic of Chechnya
After Maskhadov’s death, Basayev is the only leader left
01/02/2005 | by Sonja Zekri
After serving as an officer in the Soviet army in Afghanistan and Lithuania, Aslan Maskhadov took a leaf from the Baltic liberation movements and became a brilliant strategist in the first Chechnya war that won his land temporary de facto independence from Russia. He was elected Chechen president in 1997 and resumed the fight when Vladimir Putin resumed the attack. But he was a negotiator. Basayev is not.
Category Internal Conflicts, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, Human Rights, Law, Law & Institutions, Russia
The “Putin System” and Political Pluralism
01/08/2004 | by Jasper Wieck
“Together with the President” was the campaign slogan of United Russia, and only Putin’s personal appearance at the party’s convention last September spurred its polling figures to climb sharply three months before the vote. Precisely because Putin enjoys widespread public approval— unlike his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin — his “party of power” was able to drive to victory for the first time in the history of the new Russia.
Category Government and Society, Political System, Political Culture, Russia, Germany
Russia’s Economy
01/08/2004 | by Roland Götz
If one gives Putin the benefit of doubt, this concentration of power in the hands of the president is designed to support his program of economic reforms and the growth of the economy. Whether this can be achieved by authoritarian means and what sort of repercussions this may have for Russian society is quite another matter.
Category Economy and Finance, Economy and Currency, Russia
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