Posts by Andrey Makarychev

by Andrey Makarychev . 03-31-2014

Russia's military activity in Crimea was an "eye-opening surprise" for NATO. This was said by General Jans-Lothar Domroese, Commander, NATO Allied Joint Force in Brussels, in his opening statement at a public lecture at the University of Tartu a few days ago.

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by Andrey Makarychev . 03-26-2014

I just spent a week on a study tour of Cyprus, a partitioned territory. I could not help thinking about the Crimea situation. I wondered about Kremlin rationales for incorporating a territory, Crimea, and not others, such as Transnistria, South Ossetia, or Abkhazia...

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by Andrey Makarychev . 03-10-2014

Angela Merkel’s recent characterization of Vladimir Putin as being “out of touch with reality” offers a psychiatric explanation of Russia’s aggressiveness toward Ukraine. Yet the problem is a bit more complicated. Could it be that there is a clash of two divergent...

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by Andrey Makarychev . 02-28-2014

Among the most notorious aspects of the current debate on Ukraine are the multiple parallels between the ongoing developments within the country and the series of “big movements” that have shaped the European neighborhood over the past several decades. Considering...

by Andrey Makarychev . 02-28-2014

The Sochi Olympics, as well as verbal battles over them, are over, yet their legacy will be closely scrutinized from different policy perspectives. What seems to be of utmost importance is to place Sochi in a wider framework of the global industry of sports mega-...

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by Andrey Makarychev . 02-06-2014

Путин, по версии Казулы, это «пустое означающее», то есть символ, не привязанный к определенному смыслу. С одной стороны, его носитель понимает, что демократический дискурс – это способ «пристегивания» России к западному ядру современного мирового порядка. С другой...

by Andrey Makarychev . 12-28-2013

Here are three comments on the key political surprise of this fall: the release from jail of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his move to Germany.

Efforts behind the scenes have continued for years. The usual suspects were...

by Andrey Makarychev . 12-20-2013

The "Eastern Promises" seminar at the Lithuanian Embassy in Brussels a few days ago started like a detective story: the Ukrainian security services detained at the airport Vasil Filipchuk, senior advisor at the International Center for Policy Studies in Kyiv, in...

by Andrey Makarychev . 12-19-2013

Ambassadors' Debate Day in Tallinn brought together heads of diplomatic missions from four Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries—Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan—and also from Poland, a co-founder of the event. Tellingly, the Ambassador of Ukraine revoked his...

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by Andrey Makarychev . 12-17-2013

The NATO-centrism in Russian foreign policy can perhaps best be seen through the lens of Afghanistan. Russia has no clear strategy toward this country once NATO troops withdraw. Its only policy appears to be the prevention of any growing role of the United States in...

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Professor, Institute of Government and Politics
University of Tartu, Estonia