Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 01-28-2013
“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 specifically to...
Andrey Makarychev 01-25-2013
Изменения в законодательстве, позволившие вернуть практику всенародного избрания глав субъектов федерации (при всех ограничениях, связанных с президентским и муниципальным фильтрами), стали предметом острой полемики. Особая роль здесь принадлежит республикам Северного Кавказа, откуда поступили предложения пересмотреть возврат к выборам глав регионов. В наиболее радикальном варианте эту точку зрения изложил глава Ингушетии Юнус-бек Евкуров, заявив о своем...
Andrey Makarychev 01-17-2013
“For Gerard Depardieu, a Russian passport is a matter of financial convenience…”
Many scholars would say that borders are the most dynamic element of the globalized world order. But in our complex world, and in our everyday lives, there is far more to the concept than geographic citizenship. Saskia Sassen, Professor at Columbia University and a keynote speaker at a recent conference in Berlin titled Relocating Borders, said that the notion...
Andrey Makarychev 12-17-2012
  In the Baltic region, Russia faces a thick and challenging international milieu. Power balancing and zero-sum-games are history. It is in such regions where the changing perceptions of power are most visible, with soft and normative aspects trumping over military force and coercion. Multilateralism dominates here, and this is a weak chain in Russian diplomacy, which, rhetoric aside, is often conducted in the Baltic Sea region out of fear of EU dominance...
Andrey Makarychev 12-10-2012
  The Caspian Forum held in Istanbul clearly demonstrated the 21st century’s facets of state capability. Economic interests are only achievable within a wide framework of security, geo-political, socio-cultural, and humanitarian endeavors. This recalls soft power approaches: interdependence, spillover effects, the tricky balance between interests and values, and ultimately region-making. Within the soft power logic, interdependent are not only countries,...
Andrey Makarychev 12-05-2012
  Russia has recently intensified its efforts to improve its image in Berlin, one of the most important of European capitals. The multiple cultural events at the end of the 2012 sponsored by Russia, including of course Gazprom, were meant to foster cultural diplomacy, and not [quite] as an extension of soft power. The difference between the two concepts is crucial. Cultural diplomacy is simply a unilateral demonstration of country’s artistic talent while...
Andrey Makarychev 12-04-2012
  The debate on the forthcoming Ukrainian OSCE chairmanship held at the DGAP think tank in Berlin nicely illustrates the power of Europeanization: the agenda of the holder of the rotating EU Council Presidency, one of the most important of international organizations, is shaped not unilaterally, but in conjunction with German experts and diplomats, who are arguably among the most influential policymakers in today’s Europe. For example, German speakers at...
Andrey Makarychev 11-28-2012
  The head of the Moldovan Parliament, Marian Lupu, speaking at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin, did his best to demonstrate his country’s commitment to Europe: we have no alternative to modifying institutions to make them more democratic, he said. He knew to use the catchiest and most indispensable words in the Europeanization discourse: tolerance, protection of minorities, rule of law, etc. Of course, to declare a commitment to European values...
Andrey Makarychev 11-21-2012
  The Pussy Riot affair comes in different versions: it can be told as a legal case, a moral storyline, or a political gesture. It is this mixture of different genres that makes it so hard to reach a relative consensus in covering the story. But drawing lines between different logics and roles is important when analyzing the Pussy Riot incident. For most observers it is evident that the Pussy Riot trial is a political one, but it was the state that...
Andrey Makarychev 11-16-2012
Андрей Макарычев, Андрей Девятков: Новые медиа и сетевая субъектность в России, Интернет и общество, Вестник 22 (Осень 2012), p. 7. скачать журнал в формате .pdf


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