Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 03-03-2015
(UT Blog) Words kill. Discourses matter. Whoever physically triggered the gun that killed Boris Nemtsov, one of the most charismatic Russian opposition leaders in Moscow, his death on February 27th was definitely a result of Putin’s provocative invectives against “the fifth column”, “foreign agents”, “national traitors” and “enemies of the people”. The murder was politically prepared and justified before it happened in reality. At some point the boundary...
Andrey Makarychev 10-14-2014
This memo discusses the implications of the current crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations for the Baltic Sea region (BSR), for many years considered one of the greatest success stories of regional integration in Europe. The Ukraine crisis has seriously challenged regional institutions and practices in which the region’s states have invested heavily. Two major questions loom. First, given the profound conflict between Russia and the European Union, can...
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Andrey Makarychev 09-04-2014
On the eve of the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales, some members of the Alliance are eager to raise the issue of changing—if not completely denouncing—the NATO-Russia Founding Treaty of 1997. While there will be no consensus on the issue among the member states and while it is unlikely any decision will be taken over the course of a few days, the very debate is telling of the deepening crisis that exists in security relations in Europe, if not globally....
Andrey Makarychev 08-25-2014
The most persistent component of a variety of Russian pro-Kremlin discourses is its mimicry and imitation of the West. This was so in the 1990s and it still remains the case under the drastically changed conditions of the crisis in Ukraine. I had a chance to see how this mimicking works at a recent conference of the International Geographical Union (IGU) held in Krakow. Two young scholars from the Russian Academy of Science made presentations on Russia’s...
Andrey Makarychev 07-29-2014
Последние номера международных журналов, специализирующихся на проблемах России и Восточной Европы, содержат серию публикаций по ключевым вопросам, резко актуализированным событиями 2014 года. Во-первых, они включают анализ политических смыслов, связанных с сочинской Олимпиадой как проектом российской «мягкой силы». Во-вторых, ряд статей напрямую обращается к украинской теме. Конечно, написаны они были до конфликтных событий, в итоге спровоцировавших...
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...

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