Policy Memos

Hard, Soft, or Human? Security Discourses in the EU, NATO, and Russia

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How do Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s proposals for a new security architecture resonate in the foreign policy discourses of Russia’s two main security partners: the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? This memo analyzes several expert reports that grasp the wider context of security issues in the Euro-Atlantic space. The documents focused on are the Helsinki Plus report of the EU-Russia Working Group, which was presented to the government of Spain in May 2010 when the country held the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union; A Project for Europe, which was issued by the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) in October 2009; and the NATO 2020 report, which was chaired by Madeleine Albright and issued in May 2010. [...]

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Visiting Professor, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia