The collapse of the Soviet Union has had profound and long-lasting impacts on the societies of Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia, impacts which are not yet fully worked through: changes in state-society relations, a comprehensive reconfiguration of political, economic and social ties, the resurgence of regional conflicts "frozen" during the Soviet period, and new migration patterns both towards Russia and the European Union. At the same time the EU has emerged as an important player in the region, formulating its European Neighbourhood Policy, and engaging neighbouring states in a process of cross-border regional co-operation. This book explores a wide range of complex and contested questions related to borders, security and migration in the emerging "European Neighbourhood" which includes countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia as well as the countries which immediately border the EU. Issues discussed include new forms of regional and cross-border co-operation, new patterns of migration, and the potential role of the EU as a stabilizing external force.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The End of Wider Europe? Ilkka Liikanen, James W. Scott and Tiina Sotkasiira Part One: Renegotiating Borders in the Post-Soviet Space 1. Building Regional Stability Through Cross-Border Cooperation Ilkka Liikanen 2. Ukraine: History Confronts Geography Volodymyr Kravchenko 3. Borders and Nation-Building in Post-Soviet Space Octavian Ţîcu 4. Reconceptualisations of Borders in Post-Soviet Ukraine Olga Filippova Part Two: Border Management and Cross-Border Cooperation 5. Eastern Neighbourhood as a Political Divide James W. Scott Chapter 6. Bordering in Post-Soviet Central Asia Joni Virkkunen and Paul Fryer 7. Of Barriers, Breaches and Bridges Anaïs Marin Part Three: Migration Policies 8. Where Ideals and Anxieties Meet Tiina Sotkasiira 9. The New Concept of Migration Policy of the Russian Federation Sergei Riazantsev 10. The Republic of Belarus: Flows and Tendencies in Migration Processes Larissa Titarenko 11. What Kind of Choice? Understanding Migration in Tajikistan Paul Fryer, Joni Virkkunen and Furugzod Usmonov Part Four: Migration and the Everyday 12. Labour Migration and the Contradictory Logic of Integration in Russia Olga Tkach and Olga Brenikova 13. Colonial Imagination on a Postcolonial Periphery Sergey Rumyantsev 14. Gendered Migration from Moldova and Ukraine to the EU: Who Cares? Olga Davydova-Minguet, Valeriu Mosneaga and Oleksii Pozniak 15. Contemporary Ukrainian Migration to EU Countries: Trends and Challenges Ihor Markov Conclusion: The European Union, Partnerships and Neighbourhoods Ilkka Liikanen, James W. Scott and Tiina Sotkasiira
Ilkka Liikanen is a Professor at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland
James W. Scott is Research Professor of Regional and Border Studies at the University of Eastern Finland and Associate Professor of Geography at the Free University of Berlin
Tiina Sotkasiira is a researcher at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland