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  Eurasian Union vs. Fascist Eurasia

Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv
2015 11 30

Similarities and Differences between Putin’s and Dugin’s Russian Foreign Policy Agendas[1] 

In late 2011, Vladimir Putin presented his idea for the creation of a “Eurasian Union,” in the north-eastern part of the Euro-Asiatic coninnt.[2] By that time, he had already been officially nominated, but was not yet re-elected to his third term as President of Russia. That the project had already garnered attention in both Russia and abroad, even before it materialized, was justified as it was not mere electoral propaganda. The creation of the Eurasian Union is an expression of the Russian leadership’s desire to be perceived as representatives of not just a large Euro-Asian nation state, but of a geopolitical bloc or even of a distinct civilization of its own.

 
 
  G20: triumph of a multi-polar world or the projected increase of Western power?

Irmantas Peèiûra, Asia policy expert
2015 11 25

During the recent decade the majority of developing and transitional countries have reached significantly higher economic growth rates than developed countries. Since economic power of the states is also one of the main political power elements, experts of international policy started speaking about the movement of the centre of world economic gravity from the West to the East and from the North to the South.  This movement would also mean the increasing fragmentation of the international system which first of all economically and politically weakens global influence of the West on the international stage.

 
 
  CfA: Associate Fellowships at Kyiv’s Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC)

IEAC
2015 10 20

Call for Applications to become an IEAC Associate Fellow

The Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC) is a small, independent Ukrainian think-tank founded in 2001 by Ukraine’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs Borys Tarasiuk, and located in the city center of Kyiv. The IEAC conducts research and advocacy projects promoting liberal democracy and the rule of law, supporting security sector reforms, and strengthening civil society. Our primary topics of interest include international relations, foreign policy, European security and national defense. IEAC activities include the development of policy recommendations, provision of independent policy assessments, reports and statements, public advocacy campaigns, holding international conferences, seminars and roundtables, organizing study trips and workshops, etc.

 
 
  Finlandisation: yesterday, today, tomorrow...

Viktor Denisenko
2015 10 19

Finlandisation is a country’s political life which is not chosen but imposed to the country. Although this concept was created more than fifty years ago and is first of all related to the complicated relations between the Soviet Union and Finland after World War II, today this definition is often heard during the discussions about the international policy.  

 
 
  Alexander Lukashenko’s Recognizable Game

Viktor Denisenko
2015 10 05

On the 11thof October of this year presidential elections in Belarus should take place, however, no real pre-election battle is going on, and there is almost no hope for political change, as Alexander Lukashenko has no plans of letting go of the steering wheel. It is expected that during the pre-election period he will again try to gain as much profit from playing both Russia and the West. The question is whether Alexander Lukashenko succeeds this time.

 
 
  Why Ukraine’s reforms will succeed

By Andreas Umland
2015 10 02

And why this alone cannot save the country 

Will Ukraine make it? Some conditions necessary for Ukraine’s current reforms drive to succeed look more promising than in 2013, before the Euromaidan revolution and war with Russia. Ukraine presently has not only its most pro-European parliament and reform-oriented government since achieving independence in 1991. There are at least four other significant shifts in domestic politics that, taken together, render an equation of pre- and post-revolutionary Ukrainian society misleading.

 
 
  Neither ISIS, Nor Climate Change: The World’s Main Security Issue Today Is the Russian People’s Poisoned Public Opinion (2)

By Andreas Umland
2015 10 01

The Russian Federation is currently and will remain, for the foreseeable future, the country that possess the second largest number of nuclear warheads. This highly armed state has, like the Soviet Union before it and the US today, an overkill capacity. As their communist predecessors in the Kremlin, the political leaders of post-Soviet Russia command enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy humankind several times. Russia’s current rulers, moreover, act within a political system in which parliamentary control of the armed forces, checks and balances between branches of power, civil society monitoring of officials, or investigative journalism on top politicians are either absent or underdeveloped. Russia’s political system represents a form of electoral authoritarianism in which power holders are only dependent on the integrity of their command chain, and of their public support constantly regenerated by the government’s information policies.

 
 
  In case of further escalation in Eastern Ukraine: A temporary halt of crude oil imports from Russia to the EU

By Andreas Umland
2015 09 30

How would the West react in a worst case-scenario of new escalation in the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine? What will Brussels and Washington do in case Russia continues to expand into Ukraine? Often various military options, e.g. the delivery defensive weapons to the Ukrainian army, are discussed. What is sometimes forgotten is that the West is still the, by far, largest trading and investment partner of Russia. Its current sanctions only limit the export of a limited amount of services and technology to Russia. They leave much of the current Russian-Western economic interaction intact, and do not touch directly the EU’s large energy imports from Russia.

 
 
  Another Day

Vytautas Landsbergis
2015 09 21

As Russia approaches its third imperial fall, it is worthwhile to consider the consequences.

The Kremlin line is pretty straightforward. As we fall, we will drag everyone down with us to nuclear hell (Vladimir Putin's almost open threats), so you should surrender. Stop fighting against aggression and playing with limited “sanctions”, accept your weakness as a civilization in decay, and you might live for some more time with your heads down. Such an instance of blackmailing was yet to be seen by the world. One global terrorist, the rest being his hostages.

 
 
  Commemorative events of the 75th anniversary of ‘Visas for life’ issued by Vice-Consul Mr. Chiune Sugihara organized by the Embassy of Japan

The Embassy of Japan in Lithuania
2015 08 31

This year marks the 75th anniversary of ‘Visas for life.’ In 1940, Mr. Chiune Sugihara, who was Vice-Consul of the Consulate of Japan at Kaunas from 1939 to 1940, in cooperation with Dutch Honorary Consul Mr. Jan Zwartendijk, issued Japanese visas to Jewish people and saved thousands of lives.

 
 
  Russia Is Destroying Its Food

Stratfor
2015 08 18

Forecast

A Kremlin crackdown on food imports that violate Russian sanctions will continue to draw criticism throughout Russia.
If the Kremlin continues with its crackdown, protests will expand.
To limit the backlash, Moscow may opt for sporadic crackdowns rather than systematic enforcement of food sanctions.

 
 
  The EU-Russian Relationship with Special Reference to the Security of the Baltic States

Vytautas Landsbergis
2015 08 04

Lecture at the meeting of Euro-Atlantic Group, London, 1 July 2015

When putting Russia-EU issue on the table, we must define the points at the very beginning. What Russia it is going about? As realists (not illusionists like many naive Westerners - Putinsverstehers, etc) we should take into consideration the current Russia of V. Putin and the quite broadly putinized population of common Russians.

 
 
  All Alone: Russia near Europe

Viktor Denisenko
2015 07 27

In the current political discourse everything is measured in geopolitical victories. Such an approach also correlates with a mythologized concept of victory in the Great Patriotic War. Seven years ago Russia celebrated victory against Georgia, and later geopolitical victory against the Western world which swallowed in silence the fact that Russia ignored the Medvedev – Sarkozy plan and recognised the ”independence” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. One year ago Moscow celebrated even more important victory – the occupation of Crimea. Later efforts have been made to promote the project ”Novorussia”, but the Kremlin didn’t manage to fully realise this idea. It seems that the period of Russia’s geopolitical victories has expired, and without new victories it will eventually experience the abstinence syndrome.

 
 
  ASEAN: integration challenge for the organization unified by the smallest common denominator

Þivilë Jusaitë
2015 07 09

At the beginning of this age the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced an ambitious goal – to establish the ASEAN community comprised of the three pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). It is envisaged that AEC, based on the creation of a common market, improvement of its competitiveness, promotion of economic growth and further integration of ASEAN to the global economy, is due to be established by the end of 2015...

 
 
  Can a Sino-Russian Entente Save the Current Russian Regime? Risks and Vagaries of Moscow’s Growing Rapprochement with Beijing

Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv
2015 06 09

On March 30th, 2015, the Chairman of Russia’s Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (an equivalent of the U.S.’s Council on Foreign Relations) Fyodor Lukyanov took the unusual step to publish a political “fantasy,” as he himself called it, about the year 2025. In his article “If the Russians and Chinese March Together” for the German daily Die Welt (The World), [1] Lukyanov paints the picture of a close economic, political and military alliance between Moscow and Beijing that could emerge over the next 10 years...

 
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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (4)

2017 01 19


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.


National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (5)

2017 01 18


For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.

 



In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (3)

2017 01 17


On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.

 



Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (1)

2017 01 10


Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.




The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (1)

2016 12 19


 

The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.

 



The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08


The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.


Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02
Techno HUNDRED

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.

 

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