Borja Guijarro Usobiaga

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    Russia and the West are now firmly locked in a war of economic attrition

Russia and the West are now firmly locked in a war of economic attrition

Following the annexation of Crimea earlier this year, the EU has implemented escalating sanctions against Russia. Borja Guijarro-Usobiaga writes on the impact the sanctions are having on both Russia and Europe. He argues that with neither Russia nor the West willing to make unilateral concessions to solve the crisis, the most likely result is a lasting political deadlock until […]

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    The EU’s ‘tougher’ sanctions against Russia must be used as a step toward greater engagement, not simply as a punishment

The EU’s ‘tougher’ sanctions against Russia must be used as a step toward greater engagement, not simply as a punishment

On 29 July, EU governments approved a number of new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Borja Guijarro-Usobiaga writes on the likely impact of the new sanctions, arguing that rather than simply using sanctions as a method for punishing Russia, they must be seen as a stepping stone to promote greater engagement with the country. He notes that […]

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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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