Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 07-23-2014
Настоящая статья представляет собой анализ политики Германии в Балтийском регионе, предпринятый в рамках трех традиций изучения международных отношений. Во-первых, из «английской школы» я заимствую понятие международного общества, которое, будучи спроецировано на региональный уровень, хорошо описывает суть Балтийского проекта регионостроительства. Барри Бузан, в частности, видит международное общество как такую структуру отношений между группой акторов,...
Andrey Makarychev 07-22-2014
(Fundación CIDOB) Russia's reaction to the Maidan revolution in Ukraine and the subsequent critical deterioration of relations between Moscow and the West have reignited the otherwise diminished interest to the whole Eastern Europe all across the world. Most of politicians and experts in Europe and North America have admitted that the Russian military pressure against Ukraine was an "eye-opening surprise" for their governments, who underestimated the...
Andrey Makarychev 07-09-2014
The recent German-Nordic-Baltic Forum in Riga was an exercise in furnishing new ideas for the forthcoming half-year Latvian EU presidency starting in January 2015. Along with brainstorming ways to strengthen the EU’s economic system, increase social cohesion and fundamental values, and readjust energy and neighborhood policies, external challenges were a big part of the discussion - with Ukraine at the top of the agenda of course.   I heard many...
Andrey Makarychev 07-02-2014
A few days ago, I had the chance to observe the vicissitudes of Russian foreign policy communication in action. The same day the EU Association Agreement was signed with Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova on June 27th, a conference was held at the European Parliament office in Madrid titled, "After Crimea: What Now for the EU." This long-awaited event, organized by the Barcelona CIDOB think tank, certainly didn't make the day any happier for representatives of...
Andrey Makarychev 06-30-2014
Российский политолог Андрей Макарычев считает, что действия президента РФ Владимира Путина продиктованы тем, что достигнута полуформальная договоренность о разделе сфер влияния. "По моему мнению, Путин исходит из того, что какая-то полуформальная договоренность о разделе сфер влияния уже достигнута. Мне кажется, что генеалогия такого мнения у Путина достигает Бухарестского саммита НАТО 2008 года, где вследствии старания России и некоторых ее европейских...
Andrey Makarychev 06-05-2014
This year, the debates at the recent Baltic Development Forum in Turku, Finland, were heavily influenced by the crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations. This was for good reason. The Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) summit was cancelled owing to the sharp disagreements between the EU and Russia on developments in Ukraine. The Baltic Development Forum’s newly-published 2014 State of the Region Report begins with: "Today, we can say that 2014 is not a year...
Andrey Makarychev 05-22-2014
Fact-finding update from Ukraine—On the surface, the Ukraine crisis is being decided on the country’s eastern battlefields. Yet the essence lies far deeper, behind the unfolding post-revolutionary discourses trying to frame the new Ukrainian political scenery.   The two sides in the conflict, Russia and Ukraine, have been appealing to the West, trying to find terms that are understandable to Western sensibilities.   In its communication with the West,...
Andrey Makarychev 05-21-2014
Несмотря на громкие заявления, Европейский союз не спешит вводить  санкции третьего уровня против России, а о персональных ограничениях для Владимира Путина речь вообще не идет. Почему ЕС не хочет наказывать человека, которого открыто называет агрессором, "Обозреватель" поинтересовался у профессора международных отношений Андрея Макаричева, изучающего российско-европейские отношения в Центре российско-европейских студий в Эстонии. Профессор рассказал о...
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. "We were naïve,” Domroese frankly admitted, and averred that the annexation of Crimea constitutes a gross violation of the NATO-Russia partnership, which is legally based on the respect of...
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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. At present, the Republic of Cyprus (on the south side) is an EU/Eurozone member while the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is only recognized by Ankara. The TRNC has suffered from a...
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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia