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Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis

Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis

From the Soviet Union into Eurasia?

  • Author: Gerhard Besier,Katarzyna Stoklosa
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1317089111
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 264
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Recent events in Ukraine and Russia and the subsequent incorporation of Crimea into the Russian state, with the support of some circles of inhabitants of the peninsula, have shown that the desire of people to belong to the Western part of Europe should not automatically be assumed. Discussing different perceptions of the Ukrainian-Russian war in neighbouring countries, this book offers an analysis of the conflicts and issues connected with the shifting of the border regions of Russia and Ukraine to show how ’material’ and ’psychological’ borders are never completely stable ideas. The contributors – historians, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists from across Europe – use an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to explore the different national and transnational perceptions of a possible future role for Russia.

Vocabularies of International Relations After the Crisis in Ukraine

Vocabularies of International Relations After the Crisis in Ukraine

  • Author: Andrey Makarychev,Alexandra Yatsyk
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1315457326
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 184
  • View: 6150
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The conflict in Ukraine and Russia's annexation of Crimea has undoubtedly been a pivotal moment for policy makers and military planners in Europe and beyond. Many analysts see an unexpected character in the conflict and expect negative reverberations and a long-lasting period of turbulence and uncertainty, the de-legitimation of international institutions and a declining role for global norms and rules. Did these events bring substantial correctives and modifications to the extant conceptualization of International Relations? Does the conflict significantly alter previous assumptions and foster a new academic vocabulary, or, does it confirm the validity of well-established schools of thought in international relations? Has the crisis in Ukraine confirmed the vitality and academic vigour of conventional concepts? These questions are the starting points for this book covering conceptualisations from rationalist to reflectivist, and from quantitative to qualitative. Most contributors agree that many of the old concepts, such as multi-polarity, spheres of influence, sovereignty, or even containment, are still cognitively valid, yet believe the eruption of the crisis means that they are now used in different contexts and thus infused with different meanings. It is these multiple, conceptual languages that the volume puts at the centre of its analysis. This text will be of great interest to students and scholars studying international relations, politics, and Russian and Ukrainian studies.

EU-Russia Relations in Crisis

EU-Russia Relations in Crisis

Understanding Diverging Perceptions

  • Author: Tom Casier,Joan DeBardeleben
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1315444542
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 252
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Relations between the EU and Russia have been traditionally and predominantly studied from a one-sided power perspective, in which interests and capabilities are taken for granted. This book presents a new approach to EU-Russia relations by focusing on the role of images and perceptions, which can be major obstacles to the enhancement of relations between both actors. By looking at how these images feature on both sides (EU and Russia), on different levels (bilateral, regional, multilateral) and in different policy fields (energy, minorities, regional integration, multilateral institutions), the book seeks to reintroduce a degree of sophistication into EU-Russia studies and provide a more complete overview of different dimensions of EU-Russia relations than any book has done to date. Taking social constructivist and transnational approaches, interests and power are not seen as objectively given, but as socially mediated and imbued by identities. This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of European Foreign Policy, Eastern Partnership, Russian Foreign Policy and more broadly to European and EU Politics/Studies, Russian studies, and International Relations.

Post-Cold War Borders

Post-Cold War Borders

Reframing Political Space in Eastern Europe

  • Author: Jussi Laine,Ilkka Liikanen,James W. Scott
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0429957106
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 282
  • View: 1121
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In the aftermath of the Ukraine crises, borders within the wider post-Cold War and post-Soviet context have become a key issue for international relations and public political debate. These borders are frequently viewed in terms of military preparedness and confrontation, but behind armed territorial conflicts there has been a broader shift in the regional balance of power and sovereignty. This book explores border conflicts in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood via a detailed focus on state power and sovereignty, set in the context of post-Cold war politics and international relations. By identifying changing definitions of sovereignty and political space the authors highlight competing strategies of legitimising and challenging borders that have emerged as a result of geopolitical transformations of the last three decades. This book uses comparative studies to examine country specific variation in border negotiation and conflict, and pays close attention to shifts in political debates that have taken place between the end of State Socialism, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the outbreak of the Ukraine crises. From this angle, Post-Cold War Borders sheds new light on change and variation in the political rhetoric of the EU, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and neighbouring EU member countries. Ultimately, the book aims to provide a new interpretation of changes in international order and how they relate to shifting concepts of sovereignty and territoriality in post-Cold war Europe. Shedding new light on negotiation and conflict over post-Soviet borders, this book will be of interest to students, researchers and policy makers in the fields of Russian and East European studies, international relations, geography, border studies and politics.

The Neighbours of the European Union's Neighbours

The Neighbours of the European Union's Neighbours

Diplomatic and Geopolitical Dimensions beyond the European Neighbourhood Policy

  • Author: Sieglinde Gstöhl,Erwan Lannon
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1472417798
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 346
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Should the European Neighbourhood Policy stop at the borders of the European Union’s immediate neighbouring countries? This book is the first full length study of the ‘neighbours of the EU’s neighbours’, a concept originally introduced by the European Commission with reference to Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. These regions in the EU’s broader neighbourhood are often perceived as an ‘arc of crisis’ from which manifold challenges emanate for Europe. This timely book takes stock of the state of the EU’s cooperation with the neighbours of its neighbours and explores how the concept might help promote security, stability and prosperity beyond the countries which are formally part of the European Neighbourhood Policy. How can the EU create bridges between these regions? What instruments does the EU have at its disposal and how can it link them in order to respond to the challenges and overcome the current fragmentation? One of the conclusions is the suggestion to consider a pragmatic ‘EU Strategy for the Neighbours of its Neighbours’ which addresses the needs of the broader EU neighbourhood in a more systematic and consistent manner and helps transform in the long run the ‘arc of crisis’ into another ‘ring of friends’.

Anarchy and Geography

Anarchy and Geography

  • Author: Federico Ferretti
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781138488120
  • Category:
  • Page: 248
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This book provides a historical account of anarchist geographies in the UK and the implications for current practice. It looks at the works of French Elis¿Reclus (1830-1905) and Russian Pyotr Kropotkin (1842-1921), which were cultivated during their exile in Britain and Ireland. Anarchist geographies have recently gained considerable interest across scholarly disciplines. Many aspects of the international anarchist tradition remain little-known and English-speaking scholarship remains mostly impenetrable to authors. Inspired by approaches in historiography and mobilities, this book links print culture and Reclus and Kropotkin¿s spheres in Britain and Ireland. The author draws on primary sources, biographical links and political circles to establish the early networks of anarchist geographies. Their social, cultural and geographical context played a decisive role in the formation and dissemination of anarchist ideas on geographies of social inequalities, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, feminism, civil liberties, animal rights and ¿humane¿ or humanistic, approaches to socialism. This book will be relevant to Anarchist Geographers and is recommended supplementary reading for individuals studying Historical Geography, History, Geopolitics and Anti-Colonialism.

West-Russia Relations in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

West-Russia Relations in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

  • Author: Riccardo Alcaro
  • Publisher: Edizioni Nuova Cultura
  • ISBN: 8868124645
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 88
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In light of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Ukraine, West-Russia relations have so dramatically deteriorated that talk of a new Cold War has become routine. NATO’s role in Europe is again in the spotlight, with experts and policymakers pondering whether the Alliance needs to go back to its historical roots and re-calibrate itself as an instrument of defence from and containment of Russia. At the same time, cooperation between Russia and the West has not collapsed altogether coordinate on issues such as Iran’s nuclear programme. Clearly, tensions over Ukraine are so strong that the risk of a breakdown in relations cannot be ruled out. The contributions to this volume, the result of an international conference jointly organized by the Istituto Affari Internazionali and the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, analyze the dramatic shift in Europe’s strategic context and explore the question of whether Russia and the West can contain tensions, manage competition, and keep cooperating on issues of mutual concern.

Communicating Europe in Times of Crisis

Communicating Europe in Times of Crisis

External Perceptions of the European Union

  • Author: Natalia Chaban,Martin Holland
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781137331168
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 288
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The European Union considers it is influential in shaping global politics and has secured a reserved seat at every significant international table. However, this self-asserted confidence raises a number of questions. What is the nature of the EU's roles in the world? How is the EU seen in third countries and to what extent is it influential in setting global agendas? Has the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis made others outside Europe question the EU's capacity to deliver on its aspirations and promises? This cutting edge collection addresses these questions by drawing on a number of substantive research projects concerning EU external perceptions. It presents theoretically grounded empirical analyses from which evidence-based public diplomacy recommendations can be drawn and focuses on the evolution of the EU's external image before and after the Lisbon Treaty, as well as before and after the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis. Exploring how it is viewed externally and the impact of events such as the Eurozone debt crisis, this book offers a true reflection of the EU as an international actor.

Democracy As Self-correction

Democracy As Self-correction

A Theory of Militant Democracy

  • Author: Bastiaan Rijpkema
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781138542969
  • Category:
  • Page: 288
  • View: 7218
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This book aims to present a positive defence of democracy and answer questions such as: What makes democracy unique? and why is it that we want to defend democracy? This book examines a variety of theories from a range of philosophers, scholars and politicians through history such as George van den Bergh, Karl Popper, Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen. It compares their interpretations of democracy and militant democracy, questions how helpful these references are and addresses contemporary alternatives and criticisms of them. Militant Democracy combines political philosophy, democratic theory, comparative politics and comparative and constitutional law seamlessly to build a comprehensive theory of militant democracy. This book is essential reading for students of politics, political theory and democracy and extremism.

NAFTA and Democracy in Mexico

NAFTA and Democracy in Mexico

A Successful Failure?

  • Author: Pablo Calderón Martínez
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780815363170
  • Category: Democracy
  • Page: 232
  • View: 3335
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After describing NAFTA as 'the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere', Donald Trump's election seemed to represent the final nail in the coffin for North American economic integration. Following a decade of stagnation, however, Trump's victory presents a timely opportunity to reconsider North American integration and evaluate NAFTA's democratic track record in Mexico. In this book, Pablo Calderón Martínez presents a detailed analysis of NAFTA's influence as a political tool for democracy in Mexico. Extending beyond a mere economic or social exploration of the consequences of NAFTA, Calderón Martínez uses a three-tiered analysis based on causality mechanisms to explain how the interactions between internationalization and democratization unfolded in Mexico. Calderón Martínez's analysis demonstrates that Mexico's internationalization project under the framework of NAFTA gave shape to, if not made, Mexico's democratization process. An original and timely resource for scholars and students interested in understanding how - in cases like Mexico where transitions to democracy are characterized by a finely poised balance of power - small influences from abroad can make significant long-lasting differences domestically.

Frontline Ukraine

Frontline Ukraine

Crisis in the Borderlands

  • Author: Richard Sakwa
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 1784530646
  • Category: History
  • Page: 220
  • View: 802
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The unfolding crisis in Ukraine has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War. As Russia and Ukraine tussle for Crimea and the eastern regions, relations between Putin and the West have reached an all-time low. How did we get here? Richard Sakwa here unpicks the story of Russo-Ukrainian relations and traces the path to the recent disturbances through five 'revolutions', which have forced Ukraine, a country internally divided between East and West, to choose between closer union with Europe or its historic ties with Russia. The first full account of the ongoing crisis, Frontline Ukraine explains the origins, developments and global significance of the battle for Crimea.

Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy

Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy

  • Author: Sieglinde Gstöhl,Simon Schunz
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1315468689
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 294
  • View: 8192
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Despite growing scholarly interest in the EU’s flagship policy towards its Eastern and Southern neighbours, serious attempts at theory-building on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) have been largely absent from the academic debate. This book aims at contributing to fill this research gap in a three-fold manner: first and foremost it aims at theorizing the ENP as such, explaining the origins, development and effectiveness of this policy. Building on this effort, it also pursues the broader objective of addressing certain shortcomings in EU external relations theory, and even beyond, in International Relations theory. Finally, it aspires to provide new insights for European policy-makers. It is one of the first volumes to provide different theoretical perspectives on the ENP by revisiting and building bridges between mainstream and critical theories, stimulating academic and policy debates and thus setting a novel, less EU-centric research agenda. This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in EU external relations, EU foreign policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy, and more broadly in European Union Politics and International Relations.

Reframing Development Norms from the South

Reframing Development Norms from the South

  • Author: Carolina Milhorance
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781138068438
  • Category:
  • Page: 228
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International institutions and agencies from the Global North are no longer the sole initiators of development norms and best practices. The proliferation of exports and imports of social, economic and policy management models have called for a rethinking of South-South relations. To date, most studies have focused on the drivers and strategies of international initiatives made by emerging powers; none have analysed the impact of these initiatives on the receiving country's institutions, and on the structures of international organisations. In this book, Carolina Milhorance examines the content, process and consequences of the internationalisation of Brazil's rural public policy instruments. Brazil earned wide international recognition in the early 2000s for its agricultural modernisation and social policies; its increasing influence illustrated the specific political interests of coalitions that are embedded in domestic and international struggles. Drawing on extensive field research - including more than 280 interviews - conducted in Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, France and Italy, Milhorance analyses the effects of the internationalisation of Brazilian policy solutions on national and local political systems in recipient countries, highlighting specifically the case of Mozambique. Relying on a new theoretical approach to International Relations - one based on public policy analysis and international political sociology - she moves beyond a debate about conventional notions of international power. New Geographies of Global Policy-Makingwill be of interest to scholars and researchers of international relations, public policy analysis, political sociology, comparative politics, and Latin American studies.

Migration and the Ukraine Crisis

Migration and the Ukraine Crisis

A Two-Country Perspective

  • Author: Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska,Greta Uehling
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781910814277
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 218
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Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the beginning of the war in Donbas, Eastern Europe has been facing a migration crisis. The aim of this collection is to shed light on this forgotten migrant crisis at the European Union's doorstep and make sense of the various migration processes in and out of Ukraine and Russia.

EU–Russian Relations and the Ukraine Crisis

EU–Russian Relations and the Ukraine Crisis

  • Author: Nicholas Ross Smith
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • ISBN: 1786430010
  • Category: HISTORY
  • Page: 224
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This book assesses the competitive and contentious EU–Russia relationship in relation to Ukraine from 2010 to 2013, focusing on the important areas of trade, energy and security. The key issue explored is whether this relationship played any meaningful role in the deterioration of the situation in Ukraine since late 2013.

The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy

The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy

  • Author: Tobias Schumacher,Andreas Marchetti,Thomas Demmelhuber
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317429524
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 576
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The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy provides a comprehensive overview of the EU’s most important foreign policy instrument, provided by leading experts in the field. Coherently structured and adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this handbook covers the most important themes, developments and dynamics in the EU’s neighbourhood policy framework through a series of cutting-edge contributions. With chapters from a substantial number of scholars who have been influential in shaping the study of the ENP, this handbook serves to encourage debates which will hopefully produce more conceptual as well as neighbourhood-specific perspectives leading to enriching future studies on the EU’s policies towards its neighbourhood. It will be a key reference point both for advanced-level students, scholars and professionals developing knowledge in the fields of EU/European Studies, European Foreign Policy Analysis, Area studies, EU law, and more broadly in political economy, political science, comparative politics, and international relations.

Jehovah's Witnesses in Europe

Jehovah's Witnesses in Europe

Past and Present Volume I/1

  • Author: Gerhard Besier,Katarzyna Stokłosa
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443898511
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 370
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The religious association of Jehovah’s Witnesses has existed for about 150 years in Europe. How Jehovah’s Witnesses found their way in these countries has depended upon the way this missionary association was treated by the majority of the non-Witness population, the government and established churches. In this respect, the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Europe is also a history of the social constitution of these countries and their willingness to accept and integrate religious minorities. Jehovah’s Witnesses faced suppression and persecution not only in dictatorships, but also in some democratic states. In other countries, however, they developed in relative freedom. How the different situations in the various national societies affected the religious association and what challenges Jehovah’s Witnesses had to overcome – and still do in part even until our day – is the theme of this history volume.

European Identity Revisited

European Identity Revisited

New approaches and recent empirical evidence

  • Author: Viktoria Kaina,Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski,Sebastian Kuhn
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317502396
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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It has been argued that the emergence of a European collective identity would help overcome growing disparity caused by the increasing diversity of today’s European Union, with 28 member states and more than 500 million people. Research on European integration is facing the pressing question of what holds ‘Europe’ together in times of crisis, growing distributional conflict and instability in its neighbourhood. This book departs from the ideas of group cohesion in the EU, and reflects on the newest dynamics and practices of European identity. Whilst applying innovative qualitative, quantitative and experimental research methods and an interdisciplinary approach, this volume looks at a variety of issues such as European citizenship, mobility of European citizens, space-based identities, dual identities, student identity and value-sharing. In doing so, this volume presents new perspectives on this complex and dynamic subject and points to potential solutions both in the academic discourse and the political practice of the EU. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European integration, European studies, international relations, citizenship studies, political sociology as well as more broadly in the social sciences.

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy

History, politics, society

  • Author: Andrea Mammone,Ercole Giap Parini,Giuseppe A. Veltri
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317487559
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 354
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The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy provides a comprehensive account of Italy and Italian politics in the 21st Century. Featuring contributions from many leading scholars in the field, this Handbook is comprised of 28 chapters which are organized to deliver unparalleled analysis of Italian society, politics and culture. A wide range of topics are covered, including: Politics and economy, and their impact on Italian society Parties and new politics Regionalism and migrations Public memories Continuities and transformations in contemporary Italian society. This is an essential reference work for scholars and students of Italian and Western European society, politics, and history.

The Society of Equals

The Society of Equals

  • Author: Pierre Rosanvallon
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674726448
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 376
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Society's wealthiest members claim an ever-expanding share of income and property--a true counterrevolution, says Pierre Rosanvallon, the end of the age of growing equality launched by the American and French revolutions. Just as significant, driving this contemporary inequality has been a loss of faith in the ideal of equality itself.