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    Two years on, what has been the lasting legacy of the Ukraine crisis?

Two years on, what has been the lasting legacy of the Ukraine crisis?

The fall of Viktor Yanukovych’s government in February 2014, and the subsequent Russian annexation of Crimea and civil war in eastern Ukraine, marked the beginning of an enduring standoff between Russia and the West. Two years on, Alexander Tabachnik assesses what the legacy of the crisis has been for Russia, Ukraine and the West.

Two years ago, after the […]

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    Russia’s communication strategy and the EU: Why Moscow is winning the battle for soft power in Serbia

Russia’s communication strategy and the EU: Why Moscow is winning the battle for soft power in Serbia

Serbia is often viewed as occupying a position midway between the EU and Russia in its relations with the wider world, but what explains the attitudes of Serbian citizens toward each of these potential partners? Jaroslaw Wisniewski writes that a carefully implemented communication strategy has allowed Moscow to successfully cultivate a positive image of Russia among Serbs living throughout […]

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    Book Review: Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

Book Review: Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

In Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands, Richard Sakwa examines the contemporary crisis in Ukraine centred on the disputed territory of Crimea and the eastern regions. Sakwa traces the origins, developments and significance of the conflict from the Euromaidan protests up until the parliamentary elections of October 2014. While Paul Wingrove advises that readers exercise caution and their own judgment […]

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of the French Republic Francois Hollande and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko take part in the talks on a settlement to the situation in Ukraine, February 2015. (Credits: kremlin.ru)
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    Avoiding a new Cold War: The future of EU-Russia relations in the context of the Ukraine crisis

Avoiding a new Cold War: The future of EU-Russia relations in the context of the Ukraine crisis

How can relations between the EU and Russia be repaired in the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis? Cristian Nitoiu summarises the findings of a new report on the future of EU-Russia relations which highlights three routes toward easing tensions: including Russia in the post-Cold War security order in Europe; creating meaningful linkages between the EU and the Eurasian Economic […]

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    The Writing and Re-Writing of Joseph Stalin and His Regime: A Critical Comparison of Two Biographies.

The Writing and Re-Writing of Joseph Stalin and His Regime: A Critical Comparison of Two Biographies.

This comparative review examines two works that use new documents to further explore Joseph Stalin’s life and regime. Stalin: New Biography of a New Dictator, by Oleg Khlevniuk, and Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin, have both been positioned as the ultimate biography of Stalin. Vlad Onaciu explores the different methodological approaches taken by two writers attempting to […]

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    Following Litvinenko, UK-Russia relations are now at their lowest point since the 1980s

Following Litvinenko, UK-Russia relations are now at their lowest point since the 1980s

On 21 January, an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko in London published conclusions implicating the Russian government in his murder. Alexey Gromyko writes that it will be impossible to know the full details of the case until classified information is released, which could take decades. He argues that the case is nevertheless of secondary importance to the […]

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