Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 07-02-2013
Two hundred-fifty people attending a think-tank event in Berlin in the middle of the week is undeniably a success. Indeed, the organizers of "Russia and Germany in 2030: Scenarios for a Bilateral Relationship," did not expect that the largest hall in their building would be completely full. The high interest in the outcome of this project shows that Germany is not tired of the endless debates about Russia, as explained by former German Foreign Minister...
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Andrey Makarychev 06-19-2013
В издательстве Тюменского государственного университета вышла из печати коллективная монография под редакцией Андрея Макарычева и Андрея Девяткова Россия и Германия в пространстве европейских коммуникаций (Тюмень: Издательство Тюменского государственного университета, 2013. 272 с. ISBN 978-5-400-00818-4). Оглавление ПРЕДИСЛОВИЕ (К. Зегберс)
ЧАСТЬ  1. НЕМЕЦКО-РОССИЙСКИЕ  ОТНОШЕНИЯ: ПОЛИТИЧЕСКИЕ АСПЕКТЫ Глава  1. Россия  2013:...
Andrey Makarychev 06-14-2013
The concept “emerging power” is fashionable among specialists in international relations. However, questions abound. Is an emerging power a state that is pragmatically using a moment of Western weakening to secure some space for itself? Or are they states that present serious and substantial movements challenging the exclusivity of the West and its power strongholds? Are new forms of hegemony emerging as new powers ascend to the upper leagues of...
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Andrey Makarychev 06-13-2013
The first European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) gave a comprehensive view of the state of the discipline, with 14 sessions running in parallel and 200 researchers participating. Global governance is still on the top of the research agenda, despite the progressing fragmentation of the West and the uncertainty concerning the international intentions of "rising powers." Practically half of the participants chose to speak about norms, legitimacy...
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Andrey Makarychev 06-06-2013
Semioticians probably have the best sense of humor among all social scientists. Those who think that the hegemonic discourse in today's Russia is boring are wrong. Some of its segments are quite hilarious and facetious. The key figures in Moscow provide many reasons for irony. For example, the Russian internet community discussed whether Dmitry Medvedev is upset to know that he is familiarly referred to as “Dimon.” They also provocatively wondered whether...
Andrey Makarychev 05-30-2013
(online.vedomosti.ee) "Процессы внутри ЕС делают Эстонию очень привлекательным регионом", - сказал профессор Тартуского университета Андрей Макарычев на конференции "Россия далекая и близкая: о возможностях и рисках делового сотрудничества". В своем докладе он рассказал, какой видится Россия в Балтийском регионе с точки зрения вопросов энергетики. Главными проблемными сторонами энергетических отношений в Балтийском регионе Андрей Макарычев называл...
Andrey Makarychev 05-25-2013
This looked like an idyll: Armenians and Azeris, Russians and Georgians, add Turks and Armenians, for four days of discussion on such flammable issues as religion, democracy, and nationality in the Southern Caucasus. This group met in Tbilisi for a seminar convened by professors Ansgar Joedicke (University of Freiburg), Evert van der Zweerde (University of Nijmegen), and Alex Agadjanian (Moscow). Both the intensity of communication between experts from...
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Andrey Makarychev 05-09-2013
May 9 is Victory Day for Russia and Europe Day for the EU. These continental celebrations, however, form an indicative illustration of how far away from each other Moscow and Brussels are – not only symbolically, but politically as well. While Russia celebrates its past military strength, Europe valorizes peace and unity. Apparently, this distinction is crucial for understanding identities of the two political communities – one is more exclusive and...
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Andrey Makarychev 04-30-2013
Regretfully, anti-European rhetoric in Russia is on the rise. The Russia Today TV Channel (“RT”) readily covers the most Euro-skeptic parties all across Europe. Pseudo-scholars like Alexander Dugin contemplate Russia's chances to subsume the crisis-ridden Europe. Fiodor Lukianov, a pro-Kremlin journalist and the head of the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, referring to the reelection of an elderly Italian President, mocks European politics for its...
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Andrey Makarychev 04-08-2013
When Manfred Sapper, editor-in-chief of the German Osteuropa journal, in his public discussion with the Belorusian writer Sviatlana Kurs asked, “What does Germany have to do with the Lukashenko regime?", it looked like a tacit indication of the crisis of Berlin's Ostpolitik. Perhaps, Dr.Sapper's approach is right: since neither Political Science nor International Relations give a more or less clear answer to this question, why don't we start looking for...
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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia