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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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NATO credibility crisis and Post Crimea enlargement: Cases of Georgia and Montenegro

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The next NATO Summit is scheduled for July 8-9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. The theme of the upcoming summit is expected to be that of security within the alliance (collective defense, article V of the founding treaty) as an answer to the security challenges facing NATO today (Ukraine crisis, ISIS, Russia’s military intervention in Syria).

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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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Georgia’s ambivalence on Ukrainian crisis

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Since the unraveling crisis in Ukraine, Georgian Dream ruling coalition has taken an apathetic position toward the current developments in our partner country. As well as Ukrainian people, our society has expected a momentous support from Georgian authorities to Ukraine. However, the ruling coalition encounters myriad of external and internal impediments that make elaboration of an unambiguous approach toward Ukraine hardly achievable.

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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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Freedom Day, Independence Day and the Art of Exclusion

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Today many Belarusians celebrate Freedom Day (Dzień Voli) commemorating a creation on that day in 1918 of Belarusian People’s Republic – first attempt to bring about an independent Belarusian state. Debates about whether it was a successful project or a failed state endure even today, with both sides resorting to history, political theories and international law to prove their respective ...

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One year after the Crimea Annexation: Thinking ahead for Ukraine

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March 2015 marked one year after the annexation of Crimea and the EU is still indecisive. It does make moves (e.g. sanctions against Russia), but has the “safe mode” turned on.

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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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