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Russia and the Transforming European Security

Napoleon Pop () and Andreea-Emanuela Dragoi ()
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Napoleon Pop: Institute for World Economy, Romanian Academy
Andreea-Emanuela Dragoi: Institute for World Economy, Romanian Academy

Global Economic Observer, 2019, vol. 7, issue 2, 16-26

Abstract: Abstract: Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has retained world’s special attention as a key vector for both global and European security. While the energetic link is undeniable the backbone for EU-Russia relations, the sanctions game prove to be a stone corner for redefining not only the course of bilateral relations but the future of European security. In view of the new realities shaped by this rough geo-political game, our article aims to bring forward some essential issues for the new coordinates of European security, while highlighting both the challenges and opportunities brought by the current international framework. Our assumptions are based not only on core strategic European documents, but also on the latest transformations induced by Russian foreign strategy and by the international sanctions imposition. Also, it is our opinion that while the bilateral dimension of EU - Russia relations is important in itself, special attention ought to be paid to more general matters concerning the current global situation and issues of the emerging new world order that took place during the last G-20 summit. The heightened interest in those topics is understandable, because EU - Russia relations are not developing in a vacuum, and the dynamics and prospects of these relations are largely contingent on the global political and economic situation as a whole. Perhaps the most relevant conclusion for the future of Russia and EU relations has been highlighted by French President Emanuel Macron who concluded that Russia is considered a deeply European country, while he personally believe in a Europe, which extends from Lisbon to Vladivostok. It is on this positive note that we can affirm that a new architecture of security and trust between Russia and the European Union is needed, while undoubtedly both France and Germany, as joint leaders of Europe, will have to play an important role in this process.

Keywords: European security; Russia; international sanctions; geopolitical framework; multipolar world; global governance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F01 F02 F42 F5 F50 F51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-12
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