Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 04-12-2012
  I just finished a series of interviews and focus groups with young Russian professionals about Russia’s current foreign policies. The research was commissioned by the Gorchakov and the “Nasledie Evrazii” Foundations. The respondents were mostly graduates of international relations programs with practical international experiences in business, education, journalism, public service, and academia. The overall conclusion seems to be crystal clear: the...
Andrey Makarychev 03-28-2012
  There are unexpected paradoxes in today’s political debate in Russia. On one hand, mass-scale protests have made clear that there is great demand for acceptance of Western norms of civic freedom, human rights, free elections, transparency, and rule of law. Yet on the other hand, local Russian discourses have become more inward-looking than ever before. Today, Russians are eager to test the state’s “Self.” The country is in search of understanding its...
Andrey Makarychev 03-21-2012
  On March 19, the CDU/CSU fraction of the German Bundestag hosted a day-long discussion, “Russia After the Elections: Modernization or Stagnation?”. It became clear to me that Russia, in spite of the recent social and political changes (since December 2011) still lacks a clear message toward Europe. Equally unfortunate, Europe lacks a thoughtful strategy about how to deal with the Russian leadership, even on issues of common concern. At the conference,...
Andrey Makarychev 03-14-2012
  In Berlin on March 8, 2012, the European Council for Foreign Relations hosted a discussion under a catchy title: "More Europe for Germany?". Participants—Wolfgang Schauble (finance minister), Jurgen Trittin (Green Party parliamentary faction), Armin von Bogdandy (director of the Max Plank Institute for Public International Law), and other panelists—made a strong case for deepening the European integration project as the remedy against the current...
Andrey Makarychev 03-08-2012
  With Vladimir Putin heading back to the Kremlin amid large-scale demands for political change, one key question is: Will Russian foreign policy toward the EU and its immediate neighbors change? Domestically, in only three months, from December 2011 to March 2012, Russian civil society made huge steps in voicing public demands for greater freedom and transparency, seemingly bringing Russia closer to European norms of democracy and human rights. The...
Andrey Makarychev 02-04-2012
  (Article) In August 2011, Alexander Rahr, one of Germany’s key experts in post-Soviet affairs, claimed that Poland as the then EU presiding country had to get more involved in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus . His stance presumably expressed the prevailing expectations in the German political class. The logic of his “Go East” appeal was quite obvious: Due to the emergency situation in North Africa and Greece, Germany will not be able to streamline the...
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Andrey Makarychev 11-04-2011
  "Russia tends to apply soft power quite selectively and pragmatically. In some cases, Russia’s sporadic usage of pro-democracy rhetoric is aimed at pressuring the leaders of adjacent countries and making them more compliant to Russian economic and security demands. Yet in questioning the democratic credentials of Ukraine under former President Viktor Yuschenko and Georgia under President Mikhail Saakashvili, Russia was playing a more complicated game:...
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Andrey Makarychev 07-20-2011
  See the new book by PONARS Eurasia Member Andrey Makarychev: Russia, EU and International Society: Conceptual Models and Policy Strategies (LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2011). In the book, Makarychev explores the complex ways that Russian and European identities interact with each other. Makarychev also gave an Interview (video/in Russian) in Odessa, Ukraine, on the "Glas" television program about Russia's current...

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