Samuel Charap 06 Feb 2013
(Journal Article) Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, there have been intermittent hopes that Moscow might play a constructive diplomatic role in resolving it. But the focus on Russia has been deeply misleading. Russia, for reasons that have little to do with Syria itself, was never going to be part of the solution to the crisis – at least on terms that the West and the Syrian opposition could accept. Further, Russia’s centrality to...
Andrey Makarychev 04 Feb 2013
In spite of geography, Kazakhstan is eager to be the most Western-oriented member of the Eurasian Union. This was the key message that Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Yerlan Idrissov implicitly addressed to the German political audience at the DGAP think tank in Berlin/ Idrissov explained how important the recent chairmanship of the OCSE was for his country’s thinking about security issues. Kazakhstan’s concept of Eurasian security is grounded...
Dmitry Gorenburg 01 Feb 2013
The Russian Navy has just concluded its largest exercise in the Mediterranean in many years. The ships involved represented all three of Russia's European fleets and included the missile cruiser Moskva, the  Udaloy-class destroyers Marshal Shaposhnikov and Severomorsk, the Yaroslav Mudriy and Smetliviy frigates, six large landing craft (the Kaliningrad, Novocherkassk, Alexandr Shabalin, Saratov, Nikolai Filchenkov, Azov), two submarines (one...
Andrey Makarychev 01 Feb 2013
Power is moving away from the West, but international relations (IR) as a discipline still remains very much Western-centric. It seems that Western IR theories are aware of this challenge and eager to prove their relevance for the allegedly forthcoming post-Western world. This was one of the key arguments that Andrew Hurrell, professor at the University of Oxford and a leading author of the “English school” of international relations theory,...
Alexander Cooley 30 Jan 2013
(Foreign Policy) For years now, the United States and its allies in Europe and Asia have been talking about the importance of common efforts to promote human rights and democratic values around the world. If the liberal democracies pooled their efforts, there seemed good reason to believe that they could embed these values in international law and succeed in fostering the growth of freedom. It turns out, however, that the autocrats haven't been...
Andrey Makarychev 30 Jan 2013
The EU will most likely keep Ukraine on the Europeanization track, thereby giving it a chance to sign an Association Agreement on November 28 at the Vilnius Summit of the Eastern Partnership (EP). This was the key political message of Swedish diplomat Madeleine Majorenko, who is a unit head of the European Neighborhood Policy within the Commission’s External Relations Directorate. At the “Borders of Integration: European Strategies for...
Andrey Makarychev 28 Jan 2013
“What else should Vladimir Putin have done to make him a persona non-grata in Europe, along with Alexander Lukashenko?” This pointed question came from the audience in Berlin on January 24 during the presentation of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s latest book: My Way. A Political Confession. It was expected that the book discussion would gradually turn into an enquiry on the German government’s policy toward the Kremlin.  A question addressed...
Andrey Makarychev 28 Jan 2013
“What else should Vladimir Putin have done to make him a persona non-grata in Europe, along with Alexander Lukashenko?” This pointed question came from the audience in Berlin on January 24 during the presentation of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s latest book: My Way. A Political Confession. It was expected that the book discussion would gradually turn into an enquiry on the German government’s policy toward the Kremlin.  A question addressed...

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