Articles

Kirill Rogov’s analytical report: The Dismantling of Communism and 30 Years of the Post-Communist Era

On 31 May – 1 June 2019, Jurmala hosted an international conference called 1989: The Drama of Expectations: The Dismantling of Communism and 30 Years of the Post-Communist Era. It was the first large-scale event of the “30 Years of Post-Soviet Europe” project. Kirill Rogov, the project programme director, summarized the presentations of our speakers. The conference was attended by…

Russia Facing Europe: A Provisional Road Map

Russia and Europe are not in confrontation—unlike Russia and the United States. They are, however, experiencing estrangement and, in some cases, alienation. There are several reasons for this. The erstwhile platform for Russia-EU relations—the 1990s assumption that as Russia “modernizes” and becomes a “normal country,” it will be “more like the rest of Europe”—is gone. A companion assumption that Russia…

Germany’s Pipeline Politics

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Vladimir Putin in late August, a key item on their agenda was the proposed construction of a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the project, known as Nord Stream 2. This was despite many articles in the international media urging Merkel to pull back. She…