Diplomacy and foreign policy

Policy Paper: Why Putin’s foreign policy is not rational

There seems to be an international consensus among analysts: Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy is rational. I question this presumption. In international relations, the concept “rationality” has become ubiquitous. Since 2000, around 50% of scholarly international relations references to foreign policy allude to “rationality” (Abulof 2015 pp. 359-360). But “rationality” is rarely defined in international relations literature. The concept “rationality” has different meanings across fields. In international relations, use of the […]

Policy Paper: Practicing “active measures” in the 21st century: the Russian attack on the American democracy

This paper aims to contextualize the Russian interference in the American elections as a special type of political warfare that autocracy can use against a democracy. It builds on the insights of the so-called Gerasimov doctrine that somehow previewed the forthcoming normalization of societal cohesion attacks as well as “the weaponization of everything”. A major component of the wars of the 21st century will be about influencing the cognitive domain […]

The Romanian - Ukrainian Civil Society Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation

The Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association, Bucharest, and its partner, Ukrainian Foreign Council ”Prism”, Kyiv, is launching a new project with the title ” The Romanian – Ukrainian Civil Society Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation”. The project is supported by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund. The development of formal discussions between Romanian and Ukrainian experts in an organized form […]

The second edition of the EaPTTF: A New Security Agenda for EaP. The Regional Approach (14th November – 16th November 2018, Bucharest)

The second edition of the Eastern Partnership Think Tank Forum with the title ” A New Security Agenda for EaP. The Regional Approach” was held between November 14 – 16, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council. The event was organized by the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association (Romania) in partnership with  the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), […]

Policy Paper: Russia’s foreign policy and its new instruments of pressure. Looking for “efficiency” Case study: Romania

This policy paper aims at analyzing how the foreign policy instruments used by Russia have influenced the agenda of the public debates in Romania. The analysis will focus both on hard instruments (territorial annexations and wars that took place in the territorial proximity of Romania) and on soft instruments (propaganda). This paper was realized by Dr. Ileana Racheru within the project “Understanding the Eastern Neighborhood. A unique platform for comprehensive debates […]

ESGA Q&A. Guest: Alex Nice

Alex Nice, British analyst covering the politics and economics of Russia and the post-Soviet space, Warsaw. In 2013-17 he was Regional Manager at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London covering Russia and the CIS. Prior to this he was the Coordinator of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and was subsequently a member of the RIIA Council. This interview was realized […]

”Russia and the West: How to build "perfect" Partnerships with "imperfect" Leaders. The Role of Russia in the “Post-Truth” World”

Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association (ESGA) has organized on June 5th, 2018, the debate ”Russia and the West: How to build “perfect” Partnerships with “imperfect” Leaders. The Role of Russia in the “Post-Truth” World”. The guest speakers of the event were Konstantin von Eggert, Programme host and commentator at TV Rain. He was a diplomatic correspondent for Izvestia daily in the 1990s, Moscow bureau chief for the BBC […]

Cum sunt evaluate progresele Republicii Moldova în dezbaterile publice inițiate de experții și decidenții români?

Impresii, reacții și păreri ale specialiștilor români Autoare: Georgiana Marcu Pornind de la Raportul Joint Staff Working Document, publicat de Comisia Europeană în luna aprilie 2018, acest material are drept obiectiv analiza reacțiilor experților/politicienilor/decidenților români cu privire la progresul Republicii Moldova în ceea ce privește implementarea documentelor cadru, care reglementează relația bilaterală cu Uniunea Europeană: Acordul de Asociere UE-Republica Moldova și DCFTA. În luna aprilie 2018, Comisia Europeană a publicat […]

Eastern Neighborhood in Romania's and Poland's Foreign Policy and the Fight for Consistency

On March 5, 2018, the Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association (ESGA), Bucharest, Romania,  hosted a debate with two invited guest experts from Poland: Dr Piotr Oleksy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Institute of European Culture and Kamil Calus, the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland. The event was dedicated to the political dynamics and regional security in Eastern Europe. The debate was held in Bucharest, with the aim to bring […]

Perindarea conflictului transnistrean prin foruri internaționale. Cazul ONU

Autor: Alexandru Hîncu Deși președintele Republicii Moldova, Igor Dodon, și-a asumat explicit soluționarea disputei transnistrene, acțiunile acestuia fac dovada unei lipse de substanță în soluții, iar rețetele politice propuse nu par a fi viabile la Chișinău sau Tiraspol. Contextul instituțional și legislativ actual din Republica Moldova nu conferă șefului statului o marjă prea mare de manevră, competențe și atribuții în raport cu realizarea promisiunilor electorale. Respectiv, președintele reiterează necontenit varianta […]