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Germany: Target of Russian Disinformation
Germany: Target of Russian DisinformationDGAP expert Stefan Mesiter examines the "Lisa case" for the magazine NATO Review
by Stefan Meister
Published in NATO Review, July 27, 2016
This spring's media storm surrounding the hoax about a Russian-German girl who claimed to have been molested by refugees, was a wake-up call for Germany's political elite. For the first time, the links became clear between Russian domestic and foreign media campaigns against Germany and Russian politics at the highest level.
Western Policy toward Wider Europe
Western Policy toward Wider EuropeChapter Thirteen of The Eastern Question
by F. Stephen Larrabee
Chapter 13 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. Category: International Policy/Relations, Russia
Two regions – the Western Balkans and the states on Russia’s western periphery – are part of the “unfinished business” left over from the end of the Cold War. Wider Europe includes six states, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova and Belarus, three of which want to join NATO. Projecting stability and democracy into "wider Europe" poses a difficult challenge for several reasons.
A Coordinated Approach toward Former Soviet Neighbors
A Coordinated Approach toward Former Soviet NeighborsChapter Twelve of The Eastern Question
by Ian Bond
Chapter 12 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. Category: International Policy/Relations, Russia
Ian Bond asks: can the EU and NATO start to put things right in the east? In the economic sphere, the EU needs to ensure that its Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are fully implemented as quickly as possible.
ISIS and Wilayat Sinai
ISIS and Wilayat SinaiComplex networks of insurgency on Egypt's Sinai peninsula
by Omar Ashour
DGAGkompakt 15 (August 2016), 8 pp.
The insurgency in Sinai has evolved over the past 15 years. Its stated goal shifted from supporting Palestinian armed groups in the early 2000s to controlling areas in northeast Sinai and fighting Egyptian security and military forces there. In 2014 the insurgent group Wilayat Sinai declared allegiance to ISIS. The Egyptian government’s counterinsurgency blunders and its humiliation and repression of the civilian population have helped give the insurgency ready access to a large pool of recruits.
How to Prevent the Unraveling of Western Policies toward Wider Europe
How to Prevent the Unraveling of Western Policies toward Wider EuropeChapter Eleven of The Eastern Question
by Hiski Haukkala
Chapter 11 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.
In this chapter, Finnish political scientist Hiski Haukkala discusses the role that the West – the US/NATO and the EU – has played in the developments in Eastern Europe.
Forsaken Territories? The Emergence of Europe’s Grey Zone
Chapter Ten of The Eastern Question Russia
by John E. Herbst
Chapter 10 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.
John Herbst laments the lack of effort made to develop a consistent Western policy for the six nations of the “grey zone” between NATO and the EU on the western side and Russia on the eastern side – especially with regard to the states that truly wish to establish open societies: Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
When Could We See the Normalization of Russia’s Relations with the West?
Chapter Nine of The Eastern Question Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by Andrew C. Kuchins
Chapter 9 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.
Russia’s ties with the West hit a post-Cold War low in the first half of 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s catalytic role in the war in the Donbas. The Ukraine crisis put an exclamation mark on the fact that a quarter century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia and the West had failed to create a new, stable European security framework in which all players felt that their interests were adequately met.
Twilight of the Putin Era?
Twilight of the Putin Era?Chapter Eight of of The Eastern Question Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by Donald Jensen
Chapter 8 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.
President Putin’s enormous power is based largely on his ability to flout Western and global dictates and get away with it. Indeed, the Russian leader has never seemed more confident nor his grip on power more secure. In the past two years he has outmaneuvered the West in Syria and the eastern Ukrainian regions of Crimea and the Donbas. The faltering Russian economy and Western sanctions have failed to blunt Putin’s ambitions.
EU Expansion in the Western Balkans
A promise not kept
by Sarah Wohlfeld
In: Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte, Journal of Social Democracy, International Quarterly Edition 3/2016, pp. 9-12
It has been more than 15 years since the EU promised a clear membership perspective to the countries of the Western Balkans. After an early period of high hopes, however, the process of expanding the EU stagnated. Not only have there been few signs of progress in the democratic transformation of the countries, but the EU itself has been too distracted by its own problems to overcome its general “expansion fatigue.”
Going Global, Targeting the Home Front – the EU’s Global Strategy
by Julian Rappold
Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union, July 29, 2016
When the European Council mandated the EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini to prepare a new strategy on foreign and security policy in June 2015, a British referendum on EU membership seemed to be lightyears away for European leaders, let alone the possibility of a Brexit.
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