Baltics

(Journal of Baltic Studies) This article examines EU–Russian relations in the Baltic Sea region (BSR) utilizing the concepts of counter-hegemonic socialization and soft power. The implications of the Ukrainian crisis for regional cooperation in the BSR are also taken into account. The compatibility of EU and Russian regional strategies are considered, as well as how these can often be mutually unaware of one another, or even confrontational. It...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Feb 2017
(Co-editors: A. Makarychev and A. Yatsyk) This book focuses on the recent political trajectories within the Baltic Sea Region from one of the success stories of regionalism in Europe to a potential area of military confrontation between Russia and NATO. The authors closely examine the following issues: new security challenges for the region stemming from Russia’s staunch anti-EU and anti-NATO polices, institutions and practices of...
More information has come out on the June 29 purge of the Russian Baltic Fleet command structure. First of all, the size of the purge is unprecedented, with around 50 high ranking officers being removed, including squadron and brigade commanders. Second, it is highly unusual for removals of top military officials (or of any senior officials in present-day Russia) to be public and openly for cause, rather than officially being described as...
Russia’s actions in Ukraine have had a direct impact on the security perceptions of the Baltic States. Baltic leaders see Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as a potentially serious precedent for future Russian actions against the Baltic States. Russia’s statements declaring that it will protect ethnic Russians living outside the Russian Federation are of particular concern, given the large ethnic Russian minorities in Estonia and Latvia....
Policy Memos | Аналитика
This memo discusses the implications of the current crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations for the Baltic Sea region (BSR), for many years considered one of the greatest success stories of regional integration in Europe.[1] The Ukraine crisis has seriously challenged regional institutions and practices in which the region’s states have invested heavily. Two major questions loom. First, given the profound conflict between Russia and the European Union...
This year, the debates at the recent Baltic Development Forum in Turku, Finland, were heavily influenced by the crisis in Russian-Ukrainian relations. This was for good reason. The Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) summit was cancelled owing to the sharp disagreements between the EU and Russia on developments in Ukraine. The Baltic Development Forum’s newly-published 2014 State of the Region Report begins with: "Today, we can say that 2014...
PONARS Eurasia 16 Apr 2014
(ABC News - "Post-Soviet republics in tug-of-war with Russia and the west") In December 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics disintegrated and 15 countries emerged from what had been a single-party state ruled by the Communist Party from Moscow. Recently we've heard a lot about one of those post-Soviet republics—Ukraine—but Ukraine is just one of 14 such states (excluding Russia), which attract varying degrees of interest...
Policy Memos | Аналитика
Serghei Golunov 05 Mar 2014
The grey trade in consumer goods and raw materials has been widespread along the borders of the Russian Federation since the 1990s. In the northwest, where Russia meets EU member states, the activity is well-established, providing consumers with a variety of discount products and profit to local shuttle traders. Despite the legal, taxation, and logistical drawbacks at the state level, it might be argued that this trading is one of the more dynamic and...

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