Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 09-19-2013
On the eve of the September 22, 2013 parliamentary elections in Germany, I asked some German colleagues whether the already-finished campaign had any effect on German’s foreign policy, particularly regarding Russia and Eastern Europe. GermanyElections2013.jpg Barbara von Freitag, adviser to German MP Andreas Schockenhoff, thinks that,  unfortunately, “after an intense debate on relations with Russia...
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Andrey Makarychev 09-06-2013
Предвыборный эндшпиль Избирательная кампания в нескольких десятках регионов России, кульминацией которой станут выборы 8 сентября, проходит на фоне сложных процессов, определяющих собой современный момент российской политики. В восьми регионах будут избирать руководителей субъектов федерации, в восьми городах — мэров, а вся остальная страна будет внимательно следить за этим процессом и изучать его. Принципиальное отличие нынешней...
Andrey Makarychev 09-02-2013
(Book Review)  The Culture of Protest:  Counter-Hegemonic Performances in Putin’s Russia is a review of Mischa Gabowitsh’s Putin kaputt!? Russlands neue Protestkultur, a monographic study of the protest movement that has unfolded in Russia since December 2011. Click here to read the review | © The Russian Review  
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Andrey Makarychev 07-16-2013
"Thirty new sport complexes, a sports village, two metro stations, a shuttle line, airport and railway terminals, high-speed tram, eleven transport junctions ... ... brown scars on the formerly green Kazanka river banks, thousands of killed dogs, artificially-created enthusiasm from an army of municipal employees during the torch relay, teachers and other educators as forced volunteers, thousands of evacuated cars unduly subjected to suspicion, policemen...
Andrey Makarychev 07-09-2013
The Germans have finally lumped Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus into one group - not only geographically - but politically too. These countries share not only oppressive regimes, but also a history of resistance to them. The Congress "Protest. Culture. Politics" held in Berlin at the Heinrich Boell Foundation was a perfect illustration of the growing importance of counter-cultures in these three Eastern European countries....
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Andrey Makarychev 07-03-2013
With Moscow closing one policy pathway after another—no participation in the European Neighborhood Program, no common approach to managing the Ukrainian energy system, no dialogue on human rights, no joint position on Syria, no ratification of the “third energy package,” no cooperation on the Meseberg initiative, and the list goes on—Berlin tries to contrive new ways of engaging Moscow. The political reality is rather harsh—statistically, a majority of...
Andrey Makarychev 07-02-2013
Chairmanship in international organizations is one institutional form of soft power major states use to establish common policy frameworks and enhance their leadership potential. The agendas of chairing governments usually reflect policy spheres in which they have major traction and can thus lead by example. Many countries have used their rotating presidencies in international organizations in this fashion. For instance, Germany and Poland used their...
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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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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia