Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 12-20-2013
The "Eastern Promises" seminar at the Lithuanian Embassy in Brussels a few days ago started like a detective story: the Ukrainian security services detained at the airport Vasil Filipchuk, senior advisor at the International Center for Policy Studies in Kyiv, in order to prevent him from participating. How curious. Is there a terrible truth about the Yanukovych regime that they're hiding from the EU? In Brussels, the irritation about the Eurasian Union is...
Andrey Makarychev 12-19-2013
Ambassadors' Debate Day in Tallinn brought together heads of diplomatic missions from four Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries—Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan—and also from Poland, a co-founder of the event. Tellingly, the Ambassador of Ukraine revoked his participation on short notice and a Belarusian diplomat didn't say a word. This seems to be a highly symbolic silence of these two governments who increasingly share a lot with each other. The...
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Andrey Makarychev 12-17-2013
The NATO-centrism in Russian foreign policy can perhaps best be seen through the lens of Afghanistan. Russia has no clear strategy toward this country once NATO troops withdraw. Its only policy appears to be the prevention of any growing role of the United States in adjacent countries. This outlook applies to Central Asia, which Russia considers to be part of its sphere of influence. However, the ambitions and role of China factor into this region, though...
Andrey Makarychev 12-06-2013
Perhaps the best explanation for the proverbial Russia-centrism in German foreign policy is Berlin's excessive expectations of Russia in recent years. Nowadays, however, Germany faces hard challenges in its policy toward Russia. The challenge lies in dealing with three dissimilar Russias: the Kremlin's officialdom, the anti-Putin opposition, and an emerging nationalistic Russia (which is much lesser known in Europe in comparison with the other two.) At a...
Andrey Makarychev 11-25-2013
Alongside the mainstream debates of the approaching Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, we have Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, which keep striking a precarious balances between the EU and Russia. The recent presidential election in Georgia can be seen as a confirmation of the country's European credentials, which certainly will be politically advantageous in the long run. Yet as George Mchedlishvili, a Chatham House fellow, has...
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Andrey Makarychev 11-25-2013
На первый взгляд, Германию и Россию многое объединяет. Оба государства мыслят себя в рамках "большой Европы" и пытаются найти оптимальное сочетание национального суверенитета и интеграционных проектов, односторонних действий и многосторонней дипломатии, "жесткой" и "мягкой" силы. Однако, хотя ключевым компонентом выстраивания идентичности Германии и России является идея "нормализации", итогом двух "нормализационных проектов" становятся взаимное отчуждение...
Andrey Makarychev 11-15-2013
The question of how to engage an increasingly reluctant Russia in cooperation with its western neighbors was at the top of the Baltic-Russia Youth Forum held a few days ago in Vilnius. There were no clear-cut answers, but at least many stereotypes and misperceptions were unveiled on all sides. One example was a young Russian participant who confidently declared: "As we know, after the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan, Russia will take...
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Andrey Makarychev 11-01-2013
A new book co-edited by Andrey Makarychev (University of Tartu) and Andre Mommen (University of Amsterdam) discusses the social, ideological and economic changes that have occurred in Russia since 2000, a period also called the Putin era. The large-scale demonstrations and protest actions in Russia that erupted immediately after the State Duma election on 4 December 2011 illustrate the deep crisis of the model of governance instituted by Vladimir Putin...
Andrey Makarychev 10-31-2013
The Baltic Sea region is definitely one of the best examples of region-building in Europe. It is home to such world leaders in innovation as Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Germany and the region has become an attractive international brand. Baltic studies is a popular research field since this is the region where such fashionable concepts as de-bordering, overlapping identities, governance without government, de-securitization, and other similar concepts...
Andrey Makarychev 10-29-2013
One of the most visible aspects of Russia’s path to globalization is the country’s hosting of large international sporting events. In July 2013, Kazan hosted the World Student Games (the Universiade). In February 2014, Sochi will host the Winter Olympics. A dozen Russian cities are preparing for the 2018 World Cup. We can add to the list the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as a Formula One race, World Aquatics...

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