georgia2Jason E. Strakes, PhD
(Associate Researcher, Ilia State University, Georgia)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 June 2015

In the years since the South Ossetia War of 8-13 August 2008, Western observers have produced much alarmist commentary regarding the imminent Russian threat to Georgia's continued existence as an independent state, and the imperative of greater Euro-Atlantic commitment to its deterrence.1 On one hand, this reflects the international public relations campaign launched by the former United National Movement (UNM) government to justify its unsuccessful strategy of reintegrating the disputed territories by force, which (in defiance of the 2009 EU Independent Fact Finding Mission Report) cast the conflict as a premeditated and expansionist gambit by Moscow.2 Yet, this narrative followed upon an existing unofficial domestic security doctrine during its incumbency from 2004-2012 that identified all major instances of organized political opposition or unrest as Kremlin-orchestrated actions, which both preceded and was reinforced by the five-day invasion.3 This essential credulity on the part of some U.S. and European representatives has encouraged the drawing of spurious associations between the August War and the Russian annexation of Crimea and involvement in the ensuing insurgency in the eastern oblasts of Ukraine since February 2014, in turn fueling the trope of entitlement to "shortcuts" to NATO membership among Georgian societal elites.4...Read more

eurasianunionAlesia Slizhava (PhD)
(Professor in UCM (Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, University Complutense in Madrid & Executive Director a Spanish Journal about History, Politics and International Relations)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 4 April 2015

In 2015 the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) was created as a regional organism with its own separate legal identity, composed of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia. It is based in Moscow, with a legal tribunal in Minsk and a financial tribunal in Almaty. Throughout the preceding two and a half years of negotiations, Moscow sought vainly to incorporate other members, in view of opposition from Belarus and Kazakhstan. The EEU plans further development that would create additional omissions and institutions whose ultimate goal would be to achieve a common fiscal, monetary and foreign policy. During 2015 the presidency is held by Belarus...Read more

azeri20Najiba Mustafayeva
(PhD Candidate at MGIMO University (Russia) &Expert at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) (Azerbaijan)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 26 February 2015

The sad experience of history shows that international crime invariably accompanies human society. Indigenous interests of states, as well as security and stability on the planet depend on the ability and commitment of the international community to combat international crimes....Read more

bseclogoClaudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations- in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 15 November 2014

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. These are the eleven original Founding Members who by signing on 25th June 1992 the Istanbul Summit Declaration and the Bosphorus Statement gave birth to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation . This project transformed into a fully-fledged international organization on May 1, 1999 with the entry into force of the BSEC Charter, and it reached the size it has today (12 members) in 2004 with the accession of Serbia .... Read more

eurasia14Zhyldyz Oskonbaeva
(RIEAS Senior Advisor & Eurasian Liaison)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 26 October 2014

As with any agreement, there are the key or main points we focus on yet buried further down is something universally known as the 'fine print.' This is the case for example when we buy a house and choose the neighborhood. In international politics however, we don't necessarily choose our neighbors so when any regional agreement is reached, one has to ask, 'What are the key points?' 'What's in the fine print?'...  Read more

ukraine16Zhyldyz Oskonbaeva
(RIEAS Senior Advisor & Eurasian Liaison)

Daniel Little
(RIES Senior Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 6 September 2014

Achieving 'Harmony in the World' through international cooperation or scourging those 'Disrupting the Peace' are simple enough themes for short media segments but for pragmatists these are neither explanatory nor accurate. Instead realists argue that harmony and peace are illusory ideals which never existed. In world affairs the analogy of 'balancing' or more commonly the 'Balance of Power' appears more apt. Such is the case of Russia's relationship with the Ukraine. Not all that long ago Russia literally had its say in affairs in each of the regions it bordered. Whether it was Eurasia, the Caucasus or particularly in Eastern Europe, everyone looked to Moscow's reaction first before deciding anything on their own. When the Soviet Union fell apart, the rest of the world believed that it was the end of "Russian Hegemony."..... Read more
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