Coinciding with the Russian presidential elections, the EUISS has published a report in which a group of Russian authors explore the challenge faced by Russia’s political elite from a rapidly evolving society. The report examines the recent protests and the need for political reform and assesses how the gap between state and society has undermined the legitimacy of the ruling class.
A thaw in the frosty EU-Russia relationship has been occurring over the last year. But with Russia’s cheerier tone being buoyed by strategic gains in its neighbourhood, the EU should be under no illusion about Russia’s agenda.
This multi-author publication presents EUISS forecasts and perspectives on the European Union’s foreign policy strategy in the post-Lisbon Treaty context. The Report seeks to define what should be the basic guiding principles of EU foreign policy and how they should be applied in a set of priority areas.
The Russian-Georgian war of 2008 induced a thaw in relations between Brussels and Minsk, yet relations with Belarus continue to be a headache for the European Union. Chaillot Paper No.119 aims to provide in-depth empirical analysis on Belarus which, due to its long-standing isolation, remains a blank spot on the European map.
This collaborative effort of the EUISS research team highlights what it considers to be the major political event of 2009: the election of President Barack Obama and the impact that the change in the American administration will have on the world. It covers the priority areas for US-EU cooperation of global governance, climate change, disarmament and non-proliferation, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and transatlantic relations.
The hostilities between Russia and Georgia reflect a lack of long-term strategic thinking on the part of Russia, which is jeopardising relations with the West in order to assert itself as a global power, as well a political climate of increasing nationalism in Georgia. Neither of these factors is constructive in resolving the conflicts over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Where is Ukraine going? As this Chaillot Paper endeavours to show, Ukraine itself has great potential to either stabilise or destabilise the region. Therefore, the question of Ukraine’s future orientation is of crucial importance for European security in general.
[...] Во-первых, Евросоюз целенаправленно работает для углубления и расширения политических и социально-экономических отношений с Грузией, Арменией и Азербайджаном. Все три государства являются партнерами ЕС в рамках проекта «Европейской политики соседства», начиная с 2004 года [...] Caucasus Times
The ENP Strategic Review: the EU and its Neighbourhood was prepared by Sabine Fischer, Senior Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies and Erwan Lannon, Professor at Ghent University. The experts analyze the positive points of the European Neighbourhood Policy program and mention the necessary measures, which have to be taken. APA
Another important analysis comes from Sabina Fischer, a senior research fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies, who noted that Belarus has “outmaneuvered itself” in recent months. Hurriyet Daily News
“When looking at the Russian and the E.U. debates on the modernization partnership, it soon becomes clear that they are comparing apples and oranges,” said Sabine Fischer, an expert on Russia at the E.U. Institute for Security Studies in Paris who was a participant at the E.U.-Russian round table that took place recently in Brussels. The New York Times
Sabine Fischer, Research Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies in Paris, spoke to Deutsche Welle Romania about the new geo-political and geo-strategic map in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood. Full interview (in Romanian) Summary (in English)