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The West and Russia: From Acute Conflict to Long-Term Crisis Management
The West and Russia: From Acute Conflict to Long-Term Crisis ManagementChapter Five of The Eastern Question Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by Marie Mendras
Chapter 5 of The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, co-published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), 2016, 264 pp. The publication was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
This chapter makes three major observations pertaining to Russia and Vladimir Putin’s future policies and offers three suggestions for how Western governments can respond, including, among other things, preparing for a post-Putin Russia that will be dysfunctional and divided.
Russia and the West:
What Went Wrong and Can We Do Better?
Chapter Four of The Eastern Question Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by Marek Menkiszak
Chapter 4 of The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, co-published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), 2016, 264 pp. The publication was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
However grave the current crisis in Russian-Western relations may be, recent events are but part of a series of crises between Russia and the West over the 25 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union. But the past quarter century has also seen periods of quite positive, pragmatic cooperation between the two sides. Unfortunately, none of these lasted long – certainly not long enough to allow for a positive breakthrough in mutual relations.
Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in Syria
Germany’s Vote to Strike ISIS in SyriaSignalling a shift in its approach to international law
by Eric Langland
DGAPkompakt 14 (June 2016), 5 pp.
After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November, President Hollande somewhat surprisingly invoked Article 42.7 of the Lisbon Treaty – the EU’s mutual assistance clause – instead of NATO’s Article 5 to win European support for the military campaign against ISIS in Syria. Germany’s Bundestag answered the call, voting in December to authorize military support. By championing Lisbon’s assistance clause, Germany sent a clear signal to its fellow member states in support of European common defense.
Ukraine, Russia and the EU
Breaking the deadlock in the Minsk process
by Stefan Meister, Hrant Kostanyan
Stefan Meister and Hrant Kostanyan, CEPS Working Document 423 (June 2016), 17pp. Link shared with kind permission from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels.
At the end of June, when EU heads of state meet to discuss the extension of sanctions against Russia, they should bear in mind that Russia did not implement the commitments it took upon itself in the framework of the Minsk agreements. Given the deadlock in the Ukraine crisis, EU leaders should agree to prolong the sanctions against Russia, push for the renegotiation of the Minsk II Agreement, widen the "Normandy format" to include the US, and bolster reforms in Ukraine.
Much More Than Just “the Beautiful Game”
EURO 2016 through the Lens of EU Politics
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, June 8, 2016
In a blog entry for the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Julian Rappold reflects on how the European Championship can be seen as a stock-taking exercise of the continent’s geopolitical status quo and the European zeitgeist.
The Roots and Instruments of Russia's Information Campaign
Isolation and Propaganda
by Stefan Meister
"Isolation and Propaganda: The Roots and Instruments of Russia's Information Campaign," Transatlantic Academy 2016–16 Paper Series 6 (April 2016), 14 pp.
The DGAP's Stefan Meister develops for Washington's Transatlantic Academy the topic of Russia's “soft,” non-military influence on the post-Soviet sphere and the European Union. Instruments include Russian export media such as the television broadcaster RT and the media platform Sputnik, the targeted expansion of informal financial networks, and funding and support for left- and right-wing populist political parties and organizations.
The Ukraine conflict and the crisis with Russia will not go away if the EU eases or lifts the sanctions
Judy Dempsey asks Stefan Meister and other experts: Is Europe Wobbling Over Sanctions on Russia?
by Stefan Meister
"Judy Asks: Is Europe Wobbling Over Sanctions on Russia?" Carnegie Europe Blog, June 1, 2016.
As part of her "Strategic Europe" blog for Carnegie Europe's website, Judy Dempsey asked a selection of foreign and security policy experts, including the DGAP's Stefan Meister, about whether the EU would continue its sanctions against Russia.
Russia’s Putin and Putin’s Russia: How They Work and What We Should Expect
Russia’s Putin and Putin’s Russia: How They Work and What We Should ExpectChapter Three of The Eastern Question Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by Vladislav Inozemtsev
Chapter 3 of The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, co-published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), 2016, 264 pp. The publication was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Vladimir Putin has become another life-long ruler of Russia, a nation so unfamiliar with any kind of democratic governance. As Western analysts puzzle over the motives of Russia’s paramount leader, the pressing question is no longer “Who is Mr. Putin?” but “What does Mr. Putin want?” In what direction is he now taking not only his own country, but also the whole world? A chapter from the DGAP's forthcoming co-publication with the Center for Transatlantic Studies at John Hopkins University.
The Eastern Question: Recommendations for Western Policy
The Eastern Question: Recommendations for Western PolicyForthcoming publication from SAIS's Center for Transatlantic Relations and DGAP
by Daniel Hamilton, Stefan Meister
The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, 2016, 264 pp. This publication was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Developments across Europe’s east are testing assumptions that have guided Western policies for 25 years. The Transatlantic Strategy Group brought together analysts and decision makers to build Western awareness, understanding and—where possible—consensus on Eastern policy. Senior officials, experts, scholars, and foreign policy strategists took part in a series of consultations in Kiev, Moscow, Berlin, and Washington. The forthcoming volume presents their insights and recommendations.
Eastern Challenges
Eastern ChallengesChapter One from The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by Daniel Hamilton, Stefan Meister
Chapter One of The Eastern Question: Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a new book co-published by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and the German Council on Foreign Relations/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, 2016, 264 pp.
Russia under Putin is an authoritarian system cloaked in the trappings of “democracy” yet run by a kleptocratic oligarchy that excludes all but a few insiders from political power and uses administrative resources to enrich itself and to control or suppress media, opposition and civil society. The DGAP is pleased to present the first chapter of its co-publication with the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University. This book was generously supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
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