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Realizing that the situation in the eastern part of Ukraine has reached its deadlock, Kremlin seeks to take a different approach by unleashing destabilization campaign in the completely opposite region, which is by the way unrelated to Donetsk and Lugansk regions. This very region has a tough criminal situation and complicated inter-ethnic relations due to… » read more

In a departure from my usual obsessions, I took a step back from the headlines about the situation in Ukraine at an intellectual discussion about its underlying causes. Video links brought together academics and political scientists in Kiev, Moscow and, somewhat  incongruously, Braine L’Alleud to debate the Context and Prospects of Settlement of the Conflict in… » read more

With regard to the production of geopolitical discourses, the field of critical geopolitics distinguishes between the “intellectuals of statecraft” and the “dissident intellectuals”. The intellectuals of statecraft are those whose activities are directed toward the extending and deepening the power of the status quo, whereas the dissident intellectuals endeavor to demystify and deconstruct the existing… » read more

Finis mundi?

Recently, the minister of foreign affairs of Montenegro, Igor Lukšić, enthusiastically stated that 2014 was “one more year very significant in achieving the Montenegrin foreign policy priorities”. It would not surprise me if, among all the “achievements,” he also included the fact that, in November 2014, Montenegro abstained during the vote in the UN on… » read more

In times of political battles information provocations are used a lot more. This is how we can call the unreliable information which has been actively disseminated by Ukrainian oppositional mass media about an allegedly secret decision of the Russian business to leave Ukraine. The very essence of data submission was implying that this information was… » read more

Hryvnia exchange fluctuation in Ukraine is caused by Euromaidan only. When the Ukrainian opposition leaders began illegally capturing government buildings in the regions, this led to panic spread among the population. In this situation, instead of trying to calm people down, the opposition leaders started making obviously provocative statements about possible splitting of Ukraine. Such… » read more

Revolution in Ukraine provoked by foreign agents created specific problems for the economy of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. But this does not mean that Ukraine is on the verge of destruction. On the contrary, it is likely the project of foreign special services regarding the insurrection in Ukraine has tumbled, and the Ukrainian opposition… » read more

Dans trois semaines aura lieu le Sommet européen de Vilnius. Occasion pour l’Union européenne et l’Ukraine de signer un Accord d’association qui scellera officiellement leur rapprochement économique. Si cet Accord convient est tant souhaité par les deux parties, la Russie n’est quant à elle pas prête à laisser partir son ancien allié dans les bras… » read more

The ‘new EEC’ concept – published in six other media – can be commented there: in English, en français. I promised some other references: here they are. Certainly not exhaustive: additions welcome, also in English).

Quelles catégories de concepts paneuropéens?

Le débat sur l’intégration européenne est dominée depuis 1954 par la construction communautaire. C’est encore plus vrai depuis les élargissements, qui ont amené la majorité des peuples européennes sous la houlette de Bruxelles.

L’article suivant est publié en français par Le Monde, en anglais par Zaman Daily (Turquie), Kyiv Post,  Moscow Times, et en allemand par Die Presse.  Commentaires bienvenus, ici en français. Comments welcome there on the English version. Deutsche Fassung auf Anfrage erhältlich. Re-publication bienvenue, avec mention de la source. Ce débat a déjà déclenché de… » read more

Krynica, Poland’s impressive Economic Forum, discussed last week a number of European policies. Sitting on a panel about geopolitical guidelines for Ukraine – I had an opportunity to present and complement my ideas on Europe’s architecture. (This earlier post triggered many reactions, some informal and a dozen posted on my blog. It was written with… » read more

With moderate fanfare, yet another multilateral economic cooperation agreement was signed among a limited number of the Soviet successor states this month, in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia signed up to a customs union in the margin of a meeting of the EurAsian Economic Community (EurAsEC), which also counts Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan as members.

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