Both Russia and ISIL/Daesh have engaged in aggressive messaging and deceptive media campaigns, albeit with distinct narratives, targets and audiences. This Report analyses the ‘what’ and the ‘how’: the respective narratives of each actor, their specificities, their few similarities and their numerous differences. The analysis also draws attention to strategic communications efforts undertaken by the EU.
Romanian (native); English, Russian, (fluent); French, (intermediate)
Areas of expertise:
EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, crisis-management
Nicu Popescu has been a Senior Analyst at the EUISS since July 2013 and specialises on Russia and the eastern neighbourhood. He previously worked as advisor on foreign policy and EU affairs for the prime minister of Moldova (2010, 2012-2013) where he dealt with a wide spectrum of foreign policy issues. He also dealt with domestic reforms such as the visa liberalisation process and Moldova’s accession to the European Common Aviation Area. Prior to this, he worked as head of programme and senior research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London (2007-2009, 2011-2012), and as a research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels (2005-2007). He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Nicu has published extensively on EU foreign policy, Russian domestic and foreign policies, the European Neighbourhood Policy/Eastern Partnership, and crisis management. In 2011, he published a book entitled EU Foreign Policy and the post-Soviet Conflicts: Stealth Intervention (Routledge). His other key publications include: A Power-Audit of EU-Russia relations, The Limits of Enlargement-Lite: European and Russian Power in the Troubled Neighbourhood and Dealing with a post-BRIC Russia. In addition, he has published numerous op-eds with numerous outlets including: The Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and OpenDemocracy.
This Alert assesses the current state of EU-Russia relations. What attempts have been made by the Union to balance confrontation with engagement? Can the newly adopted process of ‘selective engagement’ yield results?
This Report is the outcome of an EUISS Task Force that convened throughout the autumn and winter of 2015 to develop scenarios for Russia’s future. The publication is divided into two parts: one dedicated to the domestic arena – focusing on the economic, military and political dimensions, and the other dealing with future Russian relations with the US, the Middle East, China, the post-Soviet space and the EU.
On 15 December 2015, the EUISS hosted the third and final meeting of the Task Force on Russian futures at its headquarters in Paris.
The second meeting of the EUISS Task Force on Russia’s Futures took place on the 22nd of October 2015 in Brussels.
On 24 September, EUISS launched a Task Force on Russia's futures. The Task Force aims to explore the horizon 2020–2025 by creating a core group of experts on Russian politics who will then generate a report about key trends by the end of next year.