Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

The Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia sees itself as a central point of contact on matters relating to the European Union’s and Germany’s relations with Central and Eastern Europe as well as the whole post-Soviet region.

The great importance of Russia to the EU and Germany in terms of security, energy, and economic policy makes the country an area of particular focus for the center. The states of the EU’s Eastern Partnership – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – together form another key working area. The ongoing processes of reform and transformation taking place there are vital to the EU’s Neighborhood Policy, as are the relations of these countries with both the EU and Russia. It is in the same spirit that the DGAP draws the countries of Central Asia into its activities. In addition, the center continues its work on the EU’s Central European states, and the Visegrad states in particular (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary). The post-socialist transformation of these states and their integration into European and transatlantic structures remain subjects of significant interest.

The program’s tasks include providing and distributing effective advice and analysis to the policy, business, media, and expert communities by means of carefully tailored target groups. The center also serves as an active platform for figures from policy, business, academia, and civil society and develops and cultivates networks in its target countries. In doing so, the center combines

  • scholarly expertise and analysis
  • policy advice for German decision makers
  • events (conferences, strategy debates, background discussions, briefings, etc.)
  • publications (analysis, policy papers, position papers, etc.)
  • network building activities (academia, policy, media, business, and civil society)
  • and international cooperation.

 

Publications

  • Eurasia: Playing Field or Battle Field?

    Defining an Effective German and European Approach on Connectivity Toward China and Russia

    von Jacopo Maria Pepe | Central Asia, Trade
    DGAPanalysis 4 (July 2019), 22 pp.

    Eurasia: Playing Field or Battle Field?

    Eurasia is emerging as a fluid continent where resurgent great power politics by Russia and China is marginalizing Europe and the Western liberal order. Moscow and Beijing are linking their Eurasian integration projects, the Belt and Roads Initiative (BRI) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). To avoid marginalization, the EU and Germany should define an interest-driven, flexible and regionally diversified approach toward Moscow and Beijing, focusing on Greater Central Asia and Greater Eastern Europe.

  • From Ostpolitik to EU-Russia Interdependence

    Germany’s Perspective

    von Dr. Stefan Meister
    Published in "Post-Crimea Shift in EU-Russia Relations: From Fostering Interdependence to Managing Vulnerabilities", 2019, Kristi Raik & András Rácz (eds.)

    With the Russian annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine, followed by Western sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions, German decision-makers had to learn that economic and energy interdependence not only creates win-win situations but also means vulnerability. The reaction was a shift from the dominance of the economy in German policy on Russia to a securitisation and politicisation of relations with Moscow.

  • Moldova’s Power Transition

    A Chance for the EU to Act in Its Eastern Neighborhood

    von Cristina Gherasimov | Moldova, Eastern Partnership
    DGAPstandpunkt 18 (June 2019), 3 pp.

    Moldova’s Power Transition

    A new transfer of power has taken place in the EU’s Eastern neighborhood that raises vigilant hopes for the future of the Eastern Partnership. This is a chance for Moldova to address its democratic deficit and rebuild its international reputation after vested interests captured its state institutions. The new government, however, needs the support of EU partners. While this pro-reformist executive brings big opportunities – including for the EU – it also poses risks that need to be cautiously considered.

Events

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