Russia of the 2010s
Russia of the 2010s

How to Live with It and How to Outlive It

by Vladislav Inozemtsev | Russia, European Union

Vladimir Putin’s Russia differs profoundly from the Russia the EU did business with in previous decades. Berthold Beitz Fellow Vladislav Inozemtsev holds that the country’s transition from a young democracy into an aggressive authoritarian regional power is nearing completion. The West must now concentrate on two things: developing realistic political attitudes about the course Russia is taking – and drafting an agenda for reconciliation and integration once the “second cold war” has been won.

Publication

Theses for a New German Policy toward Russia
Theses for a New German Policy toward Russia

Nine Recommendations

by Stefan Meister | Russia, Bilateral Relations

Russia has seen the dramatic securitization of its politics, economy, and society since 2012. For Russian leaders, struggle with the West has served as a means of underpinning their power and their system. As the domestic economic situation worsens and nationalistic forces gather strength, the danger of further destabilization grows more acute. For German and European policy to exert effective influence in the medium and long term, it must apply a complex combination of containment and cooperation.

Workshop

The 2015 TRAIN-Programme’s Midterm Seminar in Berlin

Research, presentations, and discussion

Berlin

How can democratic institutions be strengthened in the Western Balkans? Participants of the 2015 TRAIN-Programme are working hard on answering this question. Following the successful opening seminar in Belgrade earlier this year, representatives from think tanks in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia gathered in Berlin July 23-27 to present and discuss the progress of their research projects.

Publication

Opening up the Franco-German Dialogue
Opening up the Franco-German Dialogue

How Trialogues Can Enhance European Integration

by Claire Demesmay, Hans Stark

As the EU confronts an unprecedented number of crises, it is crucial to open up the longstanding Franco-German tandem to other partners. The ten authors of this compendium explore ten such possible triangular configurations – involving, respectively, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the European Commission, and the European Parliament – and point to several other potentially productive “trialogues.”

Analysis

South Caucasus Caught in the Middle
South Caucasus Caught in the Middle

How geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels prolongs instability in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia

by Elkhan Nuriyev | Caucasian States of the former Soviet Union, Security

The conflict in Ukraine has introduced new dimensions of uncertainty to the South Caucasus, where Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia struggle to protect their national sovereignty and security in the face of geopolitical competition between Moscow and Brussels. Elkhan Nuriyev asks if it is possible to form a coherent strategy for the region that focuses on an integrated, coordinated approach that recognizes the shared interests of Russia, the EU, and the South Caucasus countries.

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