Arkady Moshes 13 Dec 2013
Tension in the relationship between Belarus and Russia has remained in the shadow of the more visible discord between Russia and Ukraine, stemming from the latter’s now-spoiled efforts to sign an Association Agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November. The quarrel between Belarus and Russia arose from a bout of assertive behavior on the part of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. For those who assume...
Mikhail Troitskiy 06 Dec 2013
(Journal article) (By Samuel Charap and Mikhail Troitskiy) — On 28-29 November, the leaders of the six countries designated by the European Union as members of its Eastern Partnership (EaP) programme - Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan - met with the European Council in Vilnius, Lithuania. This summit is widely portrayed as the dramatic climax of these countries' recent history as independent states. They must finally...
Andrey Makarychev 06 Dec 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...
Sergiy Kudelia 02 Dec 2013
Over the first winter weekend, youth-led rallies across Ukraine, protesting the government’s decision to suspend the signing of an Association Agreement (AA) with the EU, have turned into a genuine revolutionary movement aimed at ousting the country’s president, Viktor Yanukovych. The immediate trigger for the current large-scale popular mobilization in the Ukrainian capital was the violent dispersal of several hundred mostly young protesters...
PONARS Eurasia 27 Nov 2013
(Carnegie Corporation of New York)—With relations between the United States and Russia complicated by issues ranging from Syria and Iran, to the recent Edward Snowden affair as well as differences on arms control, civil liberties, and trade, Carnegie Corporation of New York, as part of their Perspectives on International Peace and Security series, asked 30 leading experts on U.S.–Russia relations to comment on two critical questions: • Why...
Sebastien Peyrouse 27 Nov 2013
Central Asian public policies often tend to assert that an increase of GDP mechanically ensures better food security. This is a problematic assumption, however, as food security mainly affects pauperized populations for which per capita GDP does not increase at the same rate as national GDP. Existing programs for countering food insecurity are often superficial measures that do not get at the root of the problem and almost never take into...
Pavel Baev 26 Nov 2013
(Eurasia Daily Monitor) The Ukrainian government’s shocking decision to put on hold the process of finalizing the Association Agreement with the European Union, announced last Thursday (November 21), a week prior the momentous Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, could be interpreted as Russia’s success in sabotaging Kyiv’s “European choice” (see EDM, November 22). President Vladimir Putin expressed his resolute disapproval of the long-...
Andrey Makarychev 25 Nov 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 stated,...

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