Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 05-09-2017
This book is an important contribution to the ongoing academic debate on Europe and different modalities of European identity. The authors ventured to look at the concept of Europe from its margins, in some respects continuing the discussion started by constructivist scholars Pertti Joenniemi and Noel Parker. The question they raised about a decade ago — whether Europe can be (re)defined by its non-central actors — seems nowadays even more relevant for...
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Andrey Makarychev 05-08-2017
(Global Affairs) (Co-authored with A. Yatsyk) The article addresses two dimensions of the refugee debate in Estonia – political discourses and cultural representations. The authors specifically focus on distinctions between the mainstream Estonian narrative and that of the Russophone community, as well as on the role of Russia and Europe as two major shapers of the refugee debate. [...] Read More © Global Affairs
Andrey Makarychev 04-24-2017
(Journal of Baltic Studies) This article examines EU–Russian relations in the Baltic Sea region (BSR) utilizing the concepts of counter-hegemonic socialization and soft power. The implications of the Ukrainian crisis for regional cooperation in the BSR are also taken into account. The compatibility of EU and Russian regional strategies are considered, as well as how these can often be mutually unaware of one another, or even confrontational. It argues...
Andrey Makarychev 04-14-2017
(Co-authored with A. Yatsyk) Yuri Lotman (1922-1993) was a prominent Russian intellectual and theorist. This book presents a new reading of his semiotic and philosophical legacy. The authors analyse Lotman's semiotics in a series of temporal contexts, starting with the rigidity of Soviet-era ideologies, through to the post-Soviet de-politicization that - paradoxically enough - ended with the reproduction of Soviet-style hegemonic discourse in the Kremlin...
Andrey Makarychev 03-31-2017
Kremlin policymakers continue to strategize ways to legitimize their actions toward Ukraine — alongside diminishing chances of Western sanctions being lifted and getting the Trump administration on Russia’s side. Moscow seeks not only to justify its confrontational behavior but to normalize it through selective references to Western political concepts. It hopes that its language of normalization will be more comprehensible for international audiences than...
Andrey Makarychev 02-08-2017
(Nationalities Papers) (Co-author: A. Yatsyk) In this article, we address geopolitics and biopower as two different yet mutually correlative discursive strategies of sovereign power in Russia. We challenge the dominant realist approaches to Russia’s neighborhood policy by introducing the concept of biopolitics as its key element, which makes analysis of political relations in the post-Soviet area more nuanced and variegated. More specifically, we address...
Andrey Makarychev 02-08-2017
(Nomos) (Co-author: A. Yatsyk) This book addresses Estonian, Ukrainian and Georgian identities which have developed against the backdrop of Russia’s neo-imperialist policies and the EU’s normative projection of power. With the decreasing explanatory value of the “post-Soviet” frame, the authors propose the concept of borderlands in order to bring together a group of countries located at the point where different cultural, religious, ethnic and...
Andrey Makarychev 01-07-2016
(Problems of Post-Communism) See: A New European Disunity: EU–Russia Ruptures and the Crisis in the Common Neighborhood (Andrey Makarychev) and Suturing the Neighborhood? Russia and the EU in Conflictual Intersubjectivity (Aliaksei Kazharski & Andrey Makarychev). Other articles in this issue: Understanding the Contest Between the EU and Russia in Their Shared Neighborhood (Dimitar Bechev) and The Fallout of the EU’s Normative Imperialism in the...
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Andrey Makarychev 01-07-2016
(Sport in Society) (Co-author: Alexandra Yatsyk) In this article, we uncover the dynamics and the evolution of Russian discourses of sovereignty before and after the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games using some elements of Foucauldian methodology and constructivist reading of sovereignty as an institution. We argue that there is a discrepancy between the rhetoric of sovereign power and the institutional practices in which it is embedded. It leads us to theorize...
Andrey Makarychev 07-16-2015
Post-Soviet states tend to view Russian policies toward them through a geopolitical lens, interpreting the approaches as that of a regional power competing for the control of nearby lands. This, however, is only half the picture. Russia’s approach to its so-called “near abroad” includes an important refinement: between the geopolitical control of territory and the biopolitical administration of populations. We can better understand this difference by...

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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia