Projects

Russian Federation after Crimea’s Annexation. Impossible to ignore and difficult to engage

 

Europe’s fundamental security principles and the values of liberal democracy come increasingly under the pressure of Russia’s subversive or aggressive behaviour. Crimea’s annexation and the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine are questioning the viability of the European integration project and the Euro-Atlantic peace and security architecture (especially in the Black sea area, Baltic States and Poland). Moreover, Russia’s support for anti-immigrant, populist and extremist parties in Europe has proved its efficiency in fragmenting the European Union. The pro-Brexit vote will deepen the division within the EU, which is about to lose London’s strong critical voice towards Moscow. Furthermore, Russia is attempting to restore its role as a leading world power. The ongoing war in Syria was skilfully used to reach this objective. Western states have directed their funds and intellectual efforts mainly to support the diplomatic and journalistic expertise on Arab and Asian political and security developments.  At the same time, the EU former communist members have focused their efforts on the process connected to EU accession negotiations and NATO membership.

As a consequence, most of the EU or NATO states lack the adequate expertise and knowledge for addressing Russia’s aggressive behavior and subversive actions. Nowadays the majority of EU states don’t have the relevant expertise and comprehensive knowledge to prepare the groundwork for a new agenda in their relations with Russia.

This collection of studies aims to explore the most important  political and security developments  in Russia after Crimea’s annexation. At the same time the our efforts are focused on  proposing  policy recommendations for authorities, media outlets and civil society from both EU countries  and Russia.

The Authors

Russia – collection of policy papers, version PDF version

 

Launching of the ESGA Q&A project

ESGA Q&A project
 

Starting with April 2017, we are launching ESGA Q&A project which is part of the communication platform of Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association. Our aim is to bring experts opinions, views and analysis closer to our audience. Through ESGA Q&A project, our goal is to become a dialogue facilitator by discussing a wide range of topics with our expert guests. Although all the views and opinions of the guest speaker belong to the author and do not necessarily represent those of the ESGA or its partners, we do believe that such an initiative will lead to a better understanding of the regional security and foreign policy developments.

ESGA’s Q&A first guest was Mr. Konstantin Von Eggert, Russian media personality, former diplomatic correspondent, programme host and commentator at TV Rain, Moscow.

This interview was realized in Bucharest on March 31 2017. Konstantin von Eggert was the main speaker to the debate „Russian Foreign Politics Perspectives for Stagnation or Change during Putin’s Last Presidential Term” The debate was included in the „Dialogues with Russia for a new generation of experts project”, financially supported by The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund.

Music: Dragos Leca, Paul Masters
Video: IrisArtMedia

 

Dialogues with Russia for a New Generation of Experts

Moscow State University
 

Europe’s fundamental security principles and the values of liberal democracy come increasingly under the pressure of Russia’s subversive or aggressive behavior. Crimea’s annexation and the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine are questioning the viability of European integration project and the architecture of Euro-Atlantic peace and security (especially in the Black sea area, Baltic States and Poland).

Moreover Russia’s support for anti-immigrant, populist and extremist parties in Europe has proved its efficiency in fragmenting the European Union. The pro-Brexit vote will deepen the division of EU which is about to loose London’s strong critical voice towards Moscow. Furthermore Russia is attempting to restore its role as a leading world power. The ongoing war in Syria was skilfully used to reach this objective.

Most of the EU or NATO states lack the adequate expertise and knowledge for addressing Russia’s aggressive behavior and subversive actions.

This initiative aims to create a new basis for an enhanced and pragmatic dialogue among young experts from EU and NATO member countries and Russian Federation. A series of 5 debates with over 20 experts as panel discussants (1 Russian expert and 1 European expert for each debate) and over 100 participants as public (20 persons per debate) will be organized. The public will be selected among young Romanian decision makers, academics, experts, journalists. The event will gather academics, civil society activists, experts and journalists to mirror the current state of affairs and to draft proposals aimed at setting a new agenda for a dialogue with Russia. The events will give a background for a process of getting to know each other for Romanian and Russian young generation of experts. The initiative will also benefit the authorities from both Romania (and its Euro-Atlantic partners) and Russian Federation.

The project will be implemented from November 2016 until October 2017.

 

The Role of Russian Civil Society in Foreign Policy Decision Making. A Comparative Analysis with Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

 

The ongoing project “The role of Russian civil society in foreign policy decision making. A comparative analysis with Republic of Moldova and Ukraine (November 2014 – October 2015)” is a Collection of policy briefs, round tables and study visits The initiative is implemented with the financial support of Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, a project of German Marshall Fund.

Project brief description:
The main goal of this project is to produce policy recommendations aimed to enhance the dialogue between authorities and civil society entitled with foreign policy tasks (actions) from Russian Federation, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The second task of the project is to provide a model for the analysis of civil society influence upon foreign policy in the former soviet space.

Objectives of the project:
– To asses the role of civil society in Russia, Moldova and Ukraine in the development and implementation of actions regarding foreign policy;
– To analyze the relationship established between civil society and political actors in terms of „partnership or competition”. To explore the elements involved in strengthening the capacity of civil society;
– To study the role of the Russian, Moldovan and Ukrainian civil society in the processes of democratization;
– To explain how the transfer of expertise from civil society to decision makers takes place and whether there is a transfer of ideas, solutions, recommendations or a totally transfer of experts;
– To make recommendations for Russian, Ukrainian and Moldovan foreign policy experts and decision makers.

Our study is focused on specific case studies (the debates over the partnership with EU, CIS, US and NATO). We aim to explain how civil society manages to be involved in foreign policy decision making process. The study also tries to assess how the dialogue between civil society representatives and has evolved in the period 2008 – 2014. The above mentioned period was chosen because it marks important events on the EU – Former Soviet Space agenda: the launch of Eastern Partnership and the proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to create Eurasian Union (Eurasian Economic Union). In order to achieve its goals the study uses qualitative methods: document analysis, discourse analysis and semi-structured interviews. Representative persons for certain socio-professional categories will be considered for interviews (professors/teachers, MPs, representatives of public institutions, journalists, political and economic analysts, and experts from think tanks).
Therefore, we would look at how the Russian actors from the Civil Society Organizations see themselves in relation with the policy makers.

Target group(s): think tanks, civil society representatives and NGOs involved in foreign policy debates from Russian Federation, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Beneficiaries: civil society and governmental organizations, decision makers, stakeholders who are interested in promoting business interests.