Relations between the EU and Russia have been traditionally and predominantly studied from a one-sided power perspective, in which interests and capabilities are taken for granted.
This book presents a new approach to EU-Russia relations by focusing on the role of images and perceptions, which can be major obstacles to the enhancement of relations between both actors. By looking at how these images feature on both sides (EU and Russia), on different levels (bilateral, regional, multilateral) and in different policy fields (energy, minorities, regional integration, multilateral institutions), the book seeks to reintroduce a degree of sophistication into EU-Russia studies and provide a more complete overview of different dimensions of EU-Russia relations than any book has done to date. Taking social constructivist and transnational approaches, interests and power are not seen as objectively given, but as socially mediated and imbued by identities.
This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of European Foreign Policy, Eastern Partnership, Russian Foreign Policy and more broadly to European and EU Politics/Studies, Russian studies, and International Relations.
Introduction: A Transnational Approach to EU-Russia Relations [Joan DeBardeleben] Part I: The Historical and Ideational Context of the EU-Russia Relationship 1. EU-Russia Relations in Crisis: The Dynamics of a Breakup [Tom Casier] 2. Identity and Hegemony in EU-Russian Relations: Making Sense of the Asymmetrical Entanglement [Viatcheslav Morozov] Part II: EU-Russia Bilateral Relations 3. Negative Mutual Interdependence? The Clashing Perceptions of EU–Russia Economic Relations [Hiski Haukkala] 4. EU-Russian Energy Relations: Do Institutions Stand the Test? [Tatiana Romanova] 5. From Hidden ‘Othering’ to Open Rivalry: Negotiating the EU-Russia Role Structure through the Visa Dialogue [Anna Dekalchuk] Part III: EU-Russia Relations in a Regional Context 6. Alternative Paradigms for EU-Russian Neighbourhood Relations [Joan DeBardeleben] 7. No Middle Ground? Economic Relations between the EU, Ukraine and Russia [Crina Viju] 8. EU-Russia Relations and the Unravelling of the European Security Regime in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis [Maria Raquel Freire and Licinia Simão] 9. Europe and Russia in the Pan-European Human Rights Regime [Petra Guasti] Part IV: The Multilateral Context of EU- Russia Relations 10. The EU and Russia in a Multilateral Setting [Tom Casier] 11. Russia Turns East Again? Russia and China After Ukraine [Peter Ferdinand] Conclusion [Tom Casier and Joan DeBardeleben]