Vsevolod Samokhvalov

Vsevolod Samokhvalov
University of Liège | ulg · Vesalius College VUB

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The article investigates why Georgian and Moldovan think-tanks have not emulated effective forms of advocacy in relations with the EU that their Ukrainian counterparts have established, namely a liaison office in Brussels. The reason is not the cost but rather the presence of alternative communication channels, high-level personal contacts and thin...
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The article seeks to explain why the restructuring of the Ukrainian public administration – a key element in democracy promotion – has been patchy, in spite of EU’s substantial investment in the reform process. On the basis of analyzing EU and Ukrainian documents as well as process-tracing and interviews with stakeholders, the paper highlights limi...
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The article analyses political mobilisation towards the establishment of an independent Ukrainian national church. Ukraine had three Orthodox churches, the largest of which is under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, while the others lacked ecclesiastical legitimacy. On 11 October 2018, in a dramatic decision with geopolitical consequence...
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The present paper looks into the current policies of Russia in the Balkans. It argues that after a short period of withdrawal from the region, Moscow is currently making efforts to regain its position and, in some sense, it has been a quite successful come-back. Russia has enhanced its economic presence, political clout, and symbolic influence in s...
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The aim of the essay is to explain the mixed record of Russian–European interaction in the Balkans and the Black Sea region from the mid-1990s onwards. The essay attempts to modify Iver Neumann’s work on Russia and the idea of Europe in two main ways. First, instead of Neumann’s longue durée approach, the essay focuses on one generation of Russian...
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This article examines the conditions under which great powers succeed or fail to shape a cooperative security agenda in their shared neighbourhoods. It compares Russia's interactions with the EU and with China in their respective shared neighbourhoods: the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood region and Central Asia. The article applies a synthetic framework...
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This book provides a detailed analysis of Russia’s ‘great power identity’ and the role of Europe in forming this identity. ‘Great power identity’ implies an expansionist foreign policy, and yet this does not explain all the complexities of the Russian state. For instance, it cannot explain why Russia decided to take over Crimea, but provided only l...
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This book provides a detailed analysis of Russia’s ‘great power identity’ and the role of Europe in forming this identity. ‘Great power identity’ implies an expansionist foreign policy, and yet this does not explain all the complexities of the Russian state. For instance, it cannot explain why Russia decided to take over Crimea, but provided only l...
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This chapter highlights the two-fold problematic that drives this research project. The first aspect is the mixed record of Russian-European security interaction. On the one hand, Russia and Europe have displayed numerous examples of successful collaborative efforts in dealing with conflicts in the Balkans and the Black Sea region. On the other, in...
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In this chapter, I conduct a discourse analysis of two groups of texts, which were instrumental in shaping the mind-set of the current generation of Russian policy-makers in their teen-age years. First, I analyse history and school textbooks, which were obligatory reading in the 1950s–1960s. Second, I look at the most popular and heavily understudi...
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In this chapter I will consider whether the discourses that prevailed in the 1950s–1960s were still present in the 1980s when Soviet society went through significant economic change and political liberalisation. To find out what kind of change the Soviet mind-set underwent during the period of the 1980s and how, in the view of these changes, the la...
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The chapter identifies three factors/conditions that provoked the Russian-European crisis. The first condition was V. Putin’s attempt to redefine Russia’s greatness in terms of “Western normalcy”, i.e. consumption and competitive economy. The second condition was the unique cognitive change in the mind of the Russian political elite. Deep interest...
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The chapter argues that despite the loss of material attributes of great power, two elements of Russia’s great power identity persisted and shaped Russian-European security interaction in the Balkans and the Black Sea region in the 1990s. First, driven by the practical element of its great power identity, Russia felt a strong “need” to participate...
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The chapter analyses Russia’s great power identity and Russian-European security interaction in 2000–2012. First, it will show that the exclusion from deciding the fates of nations in the Balkans (Kosovo) was extremely painful for Russia. After this experience conflict resolution in Moldova and Transnistria strongly appealed to both elements of Rus...
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This chapter discusses the concept of “great power”, its material and ideational dimensions. It argues that the inter-subjective element of “great powerhood” was missing in the research of Russia. To address this problematic, I will analyse two major conceptualisations of “national identity” and its application for research of Russian foreign polic...
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The 21st century is posing challenges to the European Union (EU) besides the current financial situation. The balance of power at the global level is changing in a very stark way since the last 30 years. Old and new powers are (re-) emerging, (e.g. Russia and China) each posing in turn a challenge to the interests of the EU. The events in Ukraine a...
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This article analyses the historical context of the crisis. It considers the relations in the triangle Russia–Ukraine–West against the background of the Ukrainian events during and after Maidan, as well as the reunion/annexation of Crimea with/by Russia. In Ukraine this has largely been seen as a conquest, but in Crimea itself (and Russia) signific...
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The research of Eurasian regionalism mostly focuses on the Eurasian core, for example, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, which have been pursuing a more exclusive and closer form of integration – Customs Union/Eurasian Economic Union. Other countries of the post-Soviet space are often described as post-Soviet ‘escapists’ or ‘isolationists’ and mostly di...
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Dear colleagues, Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Centre for Development Studies of the University of Cambridge in conjunction with VerusScript Publishers are organising a workshop titled ‘Eurasia and Silk Road in Glocal Perspective’. This workshop will consider global and local aspects of Eurasian regional projects. We invite papers which conside...
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Dear colleagues, Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Centre for Development Studies of the University of Cambridge in conjunction with VerusScript Publishers are organising a workshop titled ‘Eurasia and Silk Road in Glocal Perspective’. This workshop will consider global and local aspects of Eurasian regional projects. We invite papers which conside...
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The research of Eurasian regionalism mostly focuses on the Eurasian core, e.g. Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, which have been pursuing a more exclusive and closer form of integration – Customs Union/Eurasian Economic Union. Other countries of the post-Soviet space are often described as post-Soviet ‘escapists’ or ‘isolationists’ and mostly discounted...
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Research on Russian foreign policy has until recently been dominated by conventional descriptive studies based on politicized and moralizing either pro-Russian or anti-Russian narratives. Some constructivist researchers have tried to produce more reflective studies grounded in modern theories of international relations. Much has been written about...
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Ukraine has long been considered as a bone of contention between the EU and Russia which could eventually lead to a geographical split of the country. This interpretation, however, fails to explain the dynamic of the Ukrainian revolution and Russian–Ukrainian war. To address the deadlock in understanding the mixed dynamics of the situation in Ukrai...
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This book explains the historical and philosophical understanding of Eurasia and its current relevance to the formation of the Eurasian Union. It considers Eurasia's historical underpinnings, and its current economic, political and geo-strategic relevance in world politics.
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One of the outstanding features of Eurasian regional integration is the fact that it had started even before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The discussion of a new treaty that would set up a new set of relations between the Soviet republics was launched in 1990. This treaty, known as the ‘Novo-Ogarevo process’, was designed to create a loose fed...
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In comparison to other European states, conducting a case study on Cyprus’ strategic culture might be considered to be a rather challenging and complex undertaking. Cyprus’ collective identity is defined by a multitude of different factors. On the one hand, the specific geographic position of Cyprus, its proximity to the Middle East and Africa plac...
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This article is primarily a detailed account of what took place during the Ukrainian presidential elections of 2004 that led to the Orange Revolution. It is argued here that the Orange Revolution is not to be defined as a traditional revolution (i.e., a violent replacement of the old political elite by a new one enjoying sound popular support). Ele...
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By introducing the Wider Europe concept and the European Neighborhood Policy, the European Union has actually entered a region which Russia has long considered the sphere of its national interests. Despite the fact that both Moscow and Brussels have repeatedly stated that their respective regional projects in the Post-Soviet Space are not competito...

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The concept of identity is stretched in political science. If drawn from the nationalism studies one could speak about discursive construction of nations, Self-Other mechanisms etc. But this is mostly static picture. This apparatus does not focus on the process of change. Anthropologists (Bourdieu, Brubaker) would say identity is often created and re-enacted in multitude of bodily experiences and every-day practices. So it is though these experiences that political actors define who is their ideal Other or negative other. Social psychology focuses more on causes and mechanism of change. It argues that identity is constructed and changed if it feasible to be implemented and corresponds to your self-esteem and role-models (e.g Mead, Clunan). The three traditions do not speak to each other. Or if they do it is mostly on theoretical level which is less convincing. This project take empiricist turn. What I want to do in the project is to start from the other hand, i.e. take politically significant events (crisis, identity-based conflicts, war, revolutions) and to investigate which conceptualisation - combination thereof - can better explain these outcomes.