The Black Sea Region. A geopolitical Trojan horse?
Issue 5/2019 now available! The Black Sea region is quickly becoming a geopolitical battleground which is gaining the interest of major powers, regional players and smaller countries – and the stakes are only getting higher.
From the Editors:
The theme of this special issue of New Eastern Europe was prepared in co-operation with the Polish Embassy in Tbilisi which is currently serving as the NATO contact point. We invited authors, primarily from Georgia, to provide a variety of perspectives including security, culture, history, geopolitics, economics and geo-strategy.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the Black Sea has turned into a region which has become a focal point of competition between the East and West. This was the case in August 2008 when Russia attacked Georgia in the Five Day War or in March 2014 when, in the aftermath of the EuroMaidan Revolution in Kyiv, the Crimean peninsula was annexed by the Russian Federation. Keeping these two events in mind, it is suffice to say that the region of the Black Sea can be perceived as a geopolitical Trojan horse.
In this issue, our authors illustrate the growing interdependencies that are emerging in the region. Their analyses help us imagine how future developments that may take place here will largely depend on wider international factors. And the risks that go with these developments, as our authors warn, include the cost of western inaction. It is our aim that with the publication of these texts, we can help raise awareness of the situation and sentiments surrounding the Black Sea region.
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The Black Sea region. A complex and dynamic space
Security takes centre stage in the Black Sea
Georgia’s long and uncertain road to NATO membership
The shift of dominance in the Black Sea
A sea of insecurity
A playground for influence
All is not quiet on the eastern front
The dimensions of Georgia’s frozen conflicts
OPINION & ANALYSIS
The cost of five years of war in Donbas
The time for big ideas
From Piața Universității to #rezist
With one foot in the Soviet past and the other in Europe
A conversation with Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych
Striving for the good of all, but not himself
A conversation with Tetiana Mykhailova
STORIES AND IDEAS
There will be no singing revolution in Russia
ART, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Inside Kyiv’s co-living community
Prides of the former socialist bloc
Katarina Novikova and Wiktor Trybus
HISTORY AND MEMORY
Attempting to escape the unescapable
Kinga Anna Gajda
Corrupt yes, Russian spy unlikely
Much needed context to the mystery of Kazakhstan