Andrey Devyatkov
Andrey Devyatkov
Specialist in International Relations whose main areas of interest include Moldova/Transnistria, the Eastern Partnership, German and Romanian foreign policies, PhD in history. Senior Research Fellow, Center for Post-Soviet Studies at the Institute of Economy (Russian Academy of Sciences); Associate Professor, Chair of regional problems of world politics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Germany-Russia: Normative Deadlock and Confrontation Fatigue

Germany-Russia: Normative Deadlock and Confrontation Fatigue

Due to the Ukrainian crisis, political relations between Russia and Germany, which used to call each other “strategic partners” at an earlier date, have hit rock bottom. The Germans were embarrassed by the fact that Russia had undermined, in their view, the foundations of European security architecture of which Germany self-identifies as a key advocate. It even became known that Angela Merkel allegedly said, after one of the rounds of negotiations on Ukraine, that Vladimir Putin “exists in another reality”, which demonstrated very well the deepening communication failure. As a result, Germany was one of the initiators of economic sanctions against Russia, working closely with the Obama Administration on a common policy towards Moscow, and broke off all possible bilateral negotiation formats at the highest level. Some symbolic “red lines” were crossed: for instance, Germany became the framework nation for NATO reassurance forces in Lithuania, so the German army again approached the Western borders of Russia. Both sides described the current state of relations as a complete loss of trust. More

No. 3, Jan.-Feb. 2017 2017


Security Risks for Eastern Europe in the Trump Era

Security Risks for Eastern Europe in the Trump Era

Many Eastern European (EE) countries consider themselves insecure, stemming from Russian assertiveness, the possibility of a US-Russian “plot” and the inability of Europe to defend itself in the military sphere. These feelings are simultaneously both rational and irrational.Surely, the situation which had been developing in and around Ukraine since 2014 has destabilized the whole European security architecture. The war is taking place not far away from European borders but directly at the EU’s doorstep. The deepening mistrust in relations between Russia and the West spilled over into their structural contradictions on such issues as conflict management in Syria, military activities in the Baltic Sea, US anti-missile defense etc. Europe is suffering now from an absence of predictability, which was not the case after the demise of the Soviet Union and even during the Cold War with its neorealist strategic culture. More

No. 2, Nov.-Dec. 2016 2016


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OEconomica No. 1, 2016