Posts by Andrey Makarychev

Andrey Makarychev 02-01-2013
Power is moving away from the West, but international relations (IR) as a discipline still remains very much Western-centric. It seems that Western IR theories are aware of this challenge and eager to prove their relevance for the allegedly forthcoming post-Western world. This was one of the key arguments that Andrew Hurrell, professor at the University of Oxford and a leading author of the “English school” of international relations theory, addressed in...
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Andrey Makarychev 01-30-2013
The EU will most likely keep Ukraine on the Europeanization track, thereby giving it a chance to sign an Association Agreement on November 28 at the Vilnius Summit of the Eastern Partnership (EP). This was the key political message of Swedish diplomat Madeleine Majorenko, who is a unit head of the European Neighborhood Policy within the Commission’s External Relations Directorate. At the “Borders of Integration: European Strategies for Neighboring Regions...
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Andrey Makarychev 01-28-2013
“What else should Vladimir Putin have done to make him a persona non-grata in Europe, along with Alexander Lukashenko?” This pointed question came from the audience in Berlin on January 24 during the presentation of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s latest book: My Way. A Political Confession. It was expected that the book discussion would gradually turn into an enquiry on the German government’s policy toward the Kremlin.  A question addressed specifically to...
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Andrey Makarychev 01-28-2013
“What else should Vladimir Putin have done to make him a persona non-grata in Europe, along with Alexander Lukashenko?” This pointed question came from the audience in Berlin on January 24 during the presentation of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s latest book: My Way. A Political Confession. It was expected that the book discussion would gradually turn into an enquiry on the German government’s policy toward the Kremlin.  A question addressed specifically to...
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Andrey Makarychev 01-25-2013
Изменения в законодательстве, позволившие вернуть практику всенародного избрания глав субъектов федерации (при всех ограничениях, связанных с президентским и муниципальным фильтрами), стали предметом острой полемики. Особая роль здесь принадлежит республикам Северного Кавказа, откуда поступили предложения пересмотреть возврат к выборам глав регионов. В наиболее радикальном варианте эту точку зрения изложил глава Ингушетии Юнус-бек Евкуров, заявив о своем...
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Andrey Makarychev 01-17-2013
“For Gerard Depardieu, a Russian passport is a matter of financial convenience…”
 
Many scholars would say that borders are the most dynamic element of the globalized world order. But in our complex world, and in our everyday lives, there is far more to the concept than geographic citizenship. Saskia Sassen, Professor at Columbia University and a keynote speaker at a recent conference in Berlin titled Relocating Borders, said that the notion...
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Andrey Makarychev 12-17-2012
  In the Baltic region, Russia faces a thick and challenging international milieu. Power balancing and zero-sum-games are history. It is in such regions where the changing perceptions of power are most visible, with soft and normative aspects trumping over military force and coercion. Multilateralism dominates here, and this is a weak chain in Russian diplomacy, which, rhetoric aside, is often conducted in the Baltic Sea region out of fear of EU dominance...
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Andrey Makarychev 12-10-2012
  The Caspian Forum held in Istanbul clearly demonstrated the 21st century’s facets of state capability. Economic interests are only achievable within a wide framework of security, geo-political, socio-cultural, and humanitarian endeavors. This recalls soft power approaches: interdependence, spillover effects, the tricky balance between interests and values, and ultimately region-making. Within the soft power logic, interdependent are not only countries,...
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Andrey Makarychev 12-05-2012
  Russia has recently intensified its efforts to improve its image in Berlin, one of the most important of European capitals. The multiple cultural events at the end of the 2012 sponsored by Russia, including of course Gazprom, were meant to foster cultural diplomacy, and not [quite] as an extension of soft power. The difference between the two concepts is crucial. Cultural diplomacy is simply a unilateral demonstration of country’s artistic talent while...
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Andrey Makarychev 12-04-2012
  The debate on the forthcoming Ukrainian OSCE chairmanship held at the DGAP think tank in Berlin nicely illustrates the power of Europeanization: the agenda of the holder of the rotating EU Council Presidency, one of the most important of international organizations, is shaped not unilaterally, but in conjunction with German experts and diplomats, who are arguably among the most influential policymakers in today’s Europe. For example, German speakers at...
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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia