Tags archives: 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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kazakhstan’s bilateral partnership with EU and Russia: between political dilemmas and economic interests

In 2007, the European Union launched a visionary strategy for the development of cooperation with Central Asian states. The document, called ‘The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership’ was aiming to enhance EU influence in the region through establishing a broader dialogue with the Central Asian states in areas such as institution-building, rule of law, trade, energy and security. Ten years after its launching, EU’s bilateral relations […]

Launching of the 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 […]

Press Release – The second debate within the project “Dialogues with Russia for a new generation of experts”

Experts for Security and Global Affairs Association (ESGA) has organized on March 31st, 2017, the second debate ”Russian Foreign Policy Perspectives for Stagnation or Change during Putin’s Last Presidential Term”. The guest speaker of the event was Mr. Konstantin von Eggert, Russian media personality, former diplomatic correspondent, programme host and commentator at TV Rain, Moscow.  This debate is the second one and it is part of the series of events […]

Dialogues with Russia for a New Generation of Experts

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 […]

Study: Civil Society and Foreign Policy

This study was prepared within ESGA’s project The role of Russian civil society in foreign policy decision making. A comparative analysis with Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The paper was written by Ileana Racheru, Mihaela Pădureanu, Angela Grămadă. The study is based on more than 50 interviews conducted in March – April 2015. This project was financially supported by The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation – a project of […]

Foreign Policy Adevărul: Ce mijloace au societăţile civile din Est împotriva lui Putin şi a acoliţilor săi locali?

Putin îşi continuă cursul de coliziune cu Occidentul, sprijinit de 89% din populatia Rusiei, conform ultimelor sondaje. Îl va ţine societatea rusă la conducere pe Putin şi îi va susţine politica externă de tip neo-imperialist sau există poli de putere de unde ar putea apărea o alternativă? Are Occidentul parteneri de dialog la Moscova? Dar în Republica Moldova, unde populaţia a votat în procent de 40% cu partide socialiste şi […]