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    Eurasian integration must be based on clear values and principles rather than simply Russian influence

Eurasian integration must be based on clear values and principles rather than simply Russian influence

Recent events in Ukraine have triggered an interest in the Eurasian Union and Russia’s role in the region. Catherine Lefèvre writes that although Eurasian integration may be inspired to some extent by the European Union, it lacks the shared principles and values which have underpinned some of the EU’s successes. She argues that if Eurasian integration is simply driven […]

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    Only decisive western action can prevent eastern Ukraine from becoming another Crimea

Only decisive western action can prevent eastern Ukraine from becoming another Crimea

Buildings have been occupied by groups in several towns and cities in eastern Ukraine, while the Ukrainian government has begun a military operation to try and regain control. Borja Guijarro Usobiaga writes on potential diplomatic solutions to the crisis. He argues that any western-backed solution must involve Russia as a partner and be stronger than the response produced by […]

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    Eurasian integration could offer a counterpoint to the EU and the United States, but only in close co-operation with states like India and China

Eurasian integration could offer a counterpoint to the EU and the United States, but only in close co-operation with states like India and China

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have pursued integration with the aim of creating a Eurasian Union by 2015. David Lane writes on the economic and political background underpinning Eurasian integration and its potential to act as a counterpoint to the hegemony of the United States in the global system. He argues that while the economic weight of the three Eurasian […]

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    There is no precedent in Kosovo for what took place in Crimea or what may take place in eastern Ukraine

There is no precedent in Kosovo for what took place in Crimea or what may take place in eastern Ukraine

Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, has been cited as a precedent for Crimea’s secession from Ukraine and incorporation into the Russian Federation. Epidamn Zeqo writes that this comparison is flawed and could create a dangerous precedent for other regions of the world. He argues that the immediate concern is that similar reasoning could be adopted […]

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    Russia’s sluggish economy is not a function of the Ukraine crisis or sanctions, but reflects long term economic trends

Russia’s sluggish economy is not a function of the Ukraine crisis or sanctions, but reflects long term economic trends

One of the underlying factors in the Ukraine crisis is the health of the Russian economy, including the impact that EU and US sanctions could potentially have in bringing about a change in policy. Pekka Sutela writes that while Russia is currently experiencing sluggish economic growth, this has more to do with long-term structural weaknesses than the direct effects […]

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    Putin’s intervention in Crimea has effectively marginalised his domestic opposition in Russia

Putin’s intervention in Crimea has effectively marginalised his domestic opposition in Russia

What has the impact of the crisis in Crimea been on Vladimir Putin’s domestic political situation? Luke March writes that there has always been a clear distinction between ‘systemic’ opposition parties, who are tolerated by the Kremlin, and ‘non-systemic’ opposition movements, which have little access to the media or state funding. He argues that the net effect of the […]

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