Cristian Nitoiu

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    No easy options: How the UK could put pressure on Russia over the Skripal attack

No easy options: How the UK could put pressure on Russia over the Skripal attack

France, Germany, the UK and the United States have released a joint-statement indicating that they believe it is highly likely there was Russian involvement in the nerve agent attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. But what further action could the UK take against Russia? Cristian Nitoiu identifies three options, all of which would carry potential negative consequences.

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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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    Assessing the three main security threats facing Europe in the wake of the Ukraine crisis

Assessing the three main security threats facing Europe in the wake of the Ukraine crisis

The crisis in Ukraine, which began in 2013, has had significant implications for European security. Cristian Nitoiu identifies three perceived security threats implied by developments in Ukraine and how these threats may develop in future years: the threat of so called ‘hybrid warfare’ spilling over from the standoff between Ukraine and Russia; the threat posed by nuclear weapons; and […]

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    What does the Litvinenko ruling mean for relations between Russia and the West?

What does the Litvinenko ruling mean for relations between Russia and the West?

On 21 January, an inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London concluded that the Russian government is likely to have had involvement in his murder. Cristian Nitoiu assesses what the outcome of the case could mean for Russia’s relations with the West. He argues that the report itself will not lead to a severe […]

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    Romania’s coming of age: How the transition generation could push Romania toward real political change

Romania’s coming of age: How the transition generation could push Romania toward real political change

Romania’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, resigned on 4 November following a deadly fire in a nightclub in Bucharest. Following the resignation, a new ‘technocratic’ government led by Dacian Cioloș entered office on 17 November. Cristian Nitoiu writes that the recent developments in Romania have coincided with the political coming of age of the country’s ‘transition generation’. He argues that […]

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    The ‘Russian threat’ has revived nationalism in the ‘new’ Europe

The ‘Russian threat’ has revived nationalism in the ‘new’ Europe

How has the Ukraine conflict affected relations between Russia and Central and Eastern European EU member states? Cristian Nitoiu writes that while the response to the crisis has been heavily dependent on the domestic political circumstances within individual countries, there has been a clear revival of nationalist and anti-Russian sentiments which politicians have sought to use to their advantage.

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    Moscow’s ‘reactive’ foreign policy risks turning Russia into a declining power

Moscow’s ‘reactive’ foreign policy risks turning Russia into a declining power

How have Russia’s long-term foreign policy goals been affected by the Ukraine crisis? Cristian Nitoiu writes that Russia’s actions during the crisis have been largely reactive and that the country has suffered from both isolation from the West and the perception from non-Western actors that it now operates from a position of weakness. He argues that a clear long-term […]

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    The Ukraine crisis is forcing the EU to abandon normative power and act more strategically in its eastern neighbourhood

The Ukraine crisis is forcing the EU to abandon normative power and act more strategically in its eastern neighbourhood

The EU has often been conceived of as a ‘normative power’ in the sense that it exerts influence by promoting values and norms through technocratic cooperation and diplomacy. Cristian Nitoiu writes that the net effect of the crisis in Ukraine has been to encourage the EU to adopt a more geostrategic approach to its eastern neighbourhood, particularly in its […]

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