Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis: From the Soviet Union into Eurasia?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Neighbourhood Perceptions of the Ukraine Crisis

From the Soviet Union into Eurasia?, 1st Edition

Edited by Gerhard Besier, Katarzyna Stoklosa


264 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Recent events in Ukraine and Russia and the subsequent incorporation of Crimea into the Russian state, with the support of some circles of inhabitants of the peninsula, have shown that the desire of people to belong to the Western part of Europe should not automatically be assumed. Discussing different perceptions of the Ukrainian-Russian war in neighbouring countries, this book offers an analysis of the conflicts and issues connected with the shifting of the border regions of Russia and Ukraine to show how ’material’ and ’psychological’ borders are never completely stable ideas. The contributors – historians, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists from across Europe – use an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to explore the different national and transnational perceptions of a possible future role for Russia.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Gerhard Besier & Katarzyna Stokłosa

2. European Union Conflict Transformation as Cross-Border Cooperation: Potential and Limits

Cathal McCall

3. Reconceptualising European Neighbourhood beyond Geopolitics: Observations on Eastern Partnership

James Wesley Scott

Part I: Russia and Ukraine: An Ambivalent Neighbourhood

4. Russian Perceptions of the Ukrainian Crisis: From Confrontation to Damage Limitation?

Alexander Sergunin

5. A Squeezed Country: Ukraine between Europe and Eurasia

Mikhail A. Molchanov

Part II: Russian Borders in the Light of the Crisis

6. Shifting Borders: Unpredictability and Strategic Distrust at the Finnish–Russian Border

Jussi Laine

7. Russia–EU Borderlands after the Ukraine Crisis: The Case of Narva

Andrey Makarychev & Alexandra Yatsyk

8. Invested in Ukraine: The Struggle of Lithuania against Russia over the Future of Europe

Dovilė Jakniūnaitė

9. Fearing the Worst: A Latvian View on Russia and the Conflict in Ukraine

Ilvija Bruģe & Kārlis Bukovskis

10. The Return of Geopolitics: Georgia in the Shadow of Russian–Ukrainian Conflict

Kornely Kakachia

11. Having a Déjà Vu: The Perception of the Ukrainian Crisis in the Republic of Moldova

Corneliu Pintilescu & Onoriu Colăcel

12. Ukraine and Russia in Crisis: A Polish View

Katarzyna Stokłosa

13. The Caspian States Perception of the Conflict between Ukraine and Russia

Justyna Misiągiewicz

Part III: Ukrainian–Russian Conflict: World Views, Belief Systems and Ideologies as Sources and Instruments

14. Sources of Popular Support and Opposition to the Putin Regime

Cameron Ross

15. Expanding Religious Borders?

The New Influence of Some Old State Churches: The Russian Orthodoxy

Gerhard Besier

16. Ukraine: Historical Notes on Re-Unification of the Russian Lands

Jukka Korpela

About the Editors

Gerhard Besier is currently Director of the Sigmund Neumann Institute (Berlin, Dresden, Flensburg) and teaches at Stanford University, USA.

Katarzyna Stoklosa is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Management, Centre for Border Region Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

About the Series

Post-Soviet Politics

Post-Soviet Politics
The last decade has seen rapid and fundamental change in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Although there has been considerable academic comment on these changes over the years, detailed empirical and theoretical research on the transformation of the post-Soviet space is only just beginning to appear as new paradigms are developed to explain change. Post-Soviet Politics is a series focusing on the politics of change in the states of the former USSR. The series publishes original work that blends theoretical development with empirical research on post-Soviet politics. The series includes work that progresses comparative analysis of post-Soviet politics, as well as case study research on political change in individual post-Soviet states. The series features original research monographs, thematically strong edited collections and specialized texts. Uniquely, this series brings together the complete spectrum of work on post-Soviet politics, providing a voice for academics world wide.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European