Posts by Andrey Makarychev

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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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 realities? Was this the factor that spurred the crisis in relations between Russia and the West? For quite a while, one could have imagined that the roles that Europe and Russia played in their...
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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 the situation in Ukraine within the scope of these larger cycles of transformation is vitally important in order to avoid country-specific explanations and also to understand the wider context...
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-events shifting from Western to non-Western hosts. With Munich, Stockholm, and Toronto having recently refused to bid for the Olympics, this trend is more obvious. It raises a number of issues...
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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 стороны, эта кажущаяся универсальность тут же подрывается кремлевским тезисом о том, что каждая демократия специфична и не нуждается во внешней легитимации, что приводит к наполнению «пустого...
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 involved: Schröder, Steinmeyer, Westerwelle, Helmut Schmidt, plus a whole chorus of non-ideology charged experts and diplomats. The release of Khodorkowsky will smooth Russian-German relations, because the ideological campaign of the media and...

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