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Western Strategy toward Russia and the Post-Soviet Space
Western Strategy toward Russia and the Post-Soviet Space Chapter Seven of The Eastern Question Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by William Courtney
Chapter 7 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.
Although authoritarian rule in most of the post-Soviet space is a frustration, the West does too little to nurture positive change and productive ties. The West will best serve its interests by encouraging reform, building links with civil society, fostering economic opportunity, and assisting states with geopolitical challenges that they are less able to manage on their own, such as security threats, frozen conflicts, and regional power shifts
A Russian’s Perspective on Western Strategy toward Russia
A Russian’s Perspective on Western Strategy toward RussiaChapter Six of The Eastern Question Russia, the West, and Europe’s Grey Zone, a DGAP co-publication
by Sergei Guriev
Chapter 6 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.
The author, Sergei Guriev, strongly believes that only Russians, and not outsiders can turn Russia into a more peaceful, democratic, and prosperous country. On the other hand, he thinks that a more informed policy debate would be in everyone’s interest. Here he offers a few arguments that may be useful for Western policy makers and policy advisors to take into account when developing their policies and strategies.
Germany and the EU: The New Disenchantment
Germany's new focus on rule-based leadership in the EU
by Julie Hamann, Julian Rappold
"EU Forum" blog, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, June 22, 2016
European integration has defined Germany's post-war politics. Now, with waning enthusiasm for the EU but continued overlap between German and European interests, Germany is focusing on a EU rule- based leadership. Julie Hamann and Julian Rappold contributed this blog to Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations
With Britain Leaving, Europe Will Need to Quickly Carry On
by Daniela Schwarzer
Transatlantic Take blog, German Marshall Fund of the United States, June 24, 2016
Yesterday’s vote for Britain to leave the Union places the EU before a stark challenge, in the midst of trying times. The fundamental challenge to the European Union comes at a time at which multiple, interlinked crises have already shaken much of what the EU was at what now seems to be the peak of integration following the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. Although the shock goes deep, now is the time to keep a cool head, be pragmatic, and refocus on European ambition.
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.
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.
Diplomacy by other Means
Diplomacy by other MeansSoft power and the policy "Divide and Conquer"
by Josef Braml
Handelsblatt Global Edition, May 17, 2016, reprinted with permission
The DGAP's Josef Braml outlines the United States’ practice of wielding trade agreements as diplomacy by other means
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.
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