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Does EU’s “border backyard” intersect Russia’s “Near Abroad”?

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The wide-ranging experience of the “Big-Bang” enlargement provided initial impetus for extended cooperation with EU’s neighbouring countries and has progressively transformed in “European Neighbourhood Policy” (ENP). After launching an intensive and increasingly integrating program, aiming to avoid new divisions in Europe and boost tremendously compound transformation process in the EU’s Southern and Eastern neighbours, harsh discussions are open which tend to ...

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Why is Russia Immune to Economic Sanctions and how should Georgia act?

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It has been more than a year and a half since the European Union and the United States have imposed an array of economic sanctions against Russia. Economic sanctions of Western countries followed the annexation of Crimean peninsula by Russia in March 2014. Prior to the annexation, Viktor Yanukovych – the President of Ukraine – was forced into resignation following ...

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Russian and Western engagement in the South Caucasus conflicts: Building sustainable stability in the region?

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Russia is playing a dual game in the South Caucasus at the same time both stabilising and destabilising the region.

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Post-modern versus modern: The EU and Russia

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After the Soviet collapse, Western leaders anticipated Russia’s incorporation into Post-Cold war European system would go smoothly. Nevertheless, failure of normative convergence between Russia and the EU coupled with Kremlin’s international assertiveness made this future unlikely.

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Future of the EaP: opportunities and struggles

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The events from the failure of the Vilnius Summit up until the ongoing Ukrainian crisis have revealed the need of reviewing the EU’s current policies towards its Eastern partners.

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Russia’s role in Crimea: Foreign Policy Analysis

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The Ukrainian crisis has undermined the status-quo in the post-Cold War order and laid the foundation of new understandings regarding Russia’s revisionist power in the 21st century.

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EU and Russia: communication redefined

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The illegal annexation of Crimea has halted the more than 20 years of the EU-engagement with the Russian Federation. Unexpectedly, Russia derailed from its own commitments to uphold Ukraine’s territorial integrity, creating a deep gap and exposing essential differences in values, creating implications for international law.

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Who benefits from Ukrainian ceasefire? And who loses from it?

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While the international community greeted the peaceful plan of Petro Poroshenko and signed a Treaty of Minsk [1] aimed at declaring a cease-fire in the Ukrainian East, which, however, has not established any kind of justice. 

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Ten Western myths about “Ukrainian Crisis”

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I have been living in the Netherlands for the last two months and during this period I have had an opportunity to feel a genuine interest towards the so-called “Ukrainian Crisis”.

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Hypocrisy of the West and Russian “threat” to the liberal international order

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There is a popular opinion, also shared among the authors on this website, that Putin’s Russia is deliberately hindering current international order. I see two big problems with this oversimplification.

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