Theorizing Relations Between Europe, North America and Russia
European Union and Russia appeared in 1999. Russia joined the coalition against terrorism and agreed to the formation of the NATO-Russia Council after 9/11, but the Kosovo War (1999), the expansion of NATO to former Soviet satellites in 1999-2004, the US missile defence plan (2007-09), the Georgian conflict of 2008, the energy crisis of 2009, the civil war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea have soured relations. Although relations between the West and Russia look bad in general, areas of cooperation remain, such as the facilitating of visas, the management of Kaliningrad or the environment in the Baltic Sea. Can we analyze and theorize EU/US-Russia relations by focusing on zones of contact between these geopolitical blocs? The aim of the workshop is to contextualize and nuance macro-level relations by looking at cases of countries and societies at the border, such as the Baltic countries, Kaliningrad or Moldova. On the one hand, we want to pay specific attention to transnational actors and social fields of interaction. On the other, we are interested in discussing theoretical approaches to analyze cooperation and conflict at the meso-level.
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