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

  • Hurdle Race with a Slow Start

    Public Administration Reform in Ukraine

    von Dr. Iryna Solonenko | Ukraine, Reform
    DGAPkompakt 25 (October 2018), 6 pp.

    Hurdle Race with a Slow Start

    Launched in 2015 after the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine’s public administration reform is a serious attempt to overhaul the existing system based on recognized European principles. However, its implementation has been patchy due to various obstacles including poor leadership and resistance to change. To tackle these drawbacks, it is important to establish a reform task force led by the prime minster and improve legislation. Support from Germany and Europe will also be decisive for the reform’s success.

  • Between Old and New World Order

    Russia’s Foreign and Security Policy Rationale

    von Stefan Meister, Pavel Baev, Pavel Felgenhauer, Alexander Golts, Alexander Kolbin, Peter Pomerantsev | Russia, Security
    DGAPkompakt 19 (September 2018). 30 pp.

    Between Old and New World Order

    Political decision-making under Vladimir Putin is informed by a military-technological rationale, and military might is seen as a main tool of Russian foreign policy. Modern nuclear capabilities are key for Russia as they are regarded an effective bargaining chip that will also bring Moscow back to eye-level vis-à-vis the US. Yet, the Kremlin regards all manners of hybrid warfare – including disinformation, cyber-attacks and Russian-engineered international media coverage – as equally legitimate.

  • Risk Report Russia

    Political Risk Scenarios for Russia

    von Sarah Pagung | Russia
    Conias Risk Intelligence, Risiko Report (08/2018), 32 pp.

    Re-elected on March 18, President Vladimir Putin remains firmly in the driver seat of Russian politics. For many international investors, he stands, despite a poor democratic record, for a sufficient degree of political stability and a benevolent policy towards foreign businesses. Russia benefits from vast resources and remains the undisputed center of the post-Soviet space. Beyond the development of global commodity prices, the question of who will succeed Putin will be vital for the future of Russia.

Events

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