Russia’s modern Slavophile-Westerniser debate
Analysis

Russia’s modern Slavophile-Westerniser debate

Russia’s search for an identity has been its dominant issue since the early eighteenth century. Vladimir Sarkisyants argues that the Kremlin-promoted idea of the unique ‘Orthodox civilisation’ could be viewed as an answer to two dilemmas. Domestically, it settles the lingering quest for identity; internationally, it is foundation for a more coherent Russian stance vis-à-vis … Continue reading

A giant with feet of clay
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A giant with feet of clay

Vladimir Sarkisyants examines the Russo-Ukrainian trade deal and asks whether Russia is making a rod for its own back with the creation of a Eurasian trade bloc to rival the EU. On 17 December, Russia threw a ‘lifeline’ to the embattled Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. The ongoing social unrest in Kiev notwithstanding, Yanukovych’s efforts to … Continue reading

European Union vs. Eurasian Union; going into extra time
Analysis

European Union vs. Eurasian Union; going into extra time

The EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius saw Georgia and Moldova initial Association Agreements, but Ukraine and Armenia have leant towards a Russian alternative. Giovanni Cadioli asks why the Eurasian Union has made an unlikely comeback, and whether it is sustainable. As shown in a post published last week, Russia has not been entirely successful … Continue reading

Is the Eastern Partnership Failing?
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Is the Eastern Partnership Failing?

In November 2013, the European Union and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries will hold a biennial summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. Expected to be a major milestone in EU’s relations with EaP countries, Levan Kakhishvili explains why the Vilnius summit has been challenged by recent developments. Recently, Armenia’s President, Serzh Sargsyan, had a meeting with his … Continue reading