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Author: Nicholas Ross Smith

Russia’s Unpragmatic Turn in its Near Abroad: Is Putin’s insecurity handicapping Russia’s foreign policy in Ukraine?

The announcement of a deal between Ukraine and Russia, putting an end to the hopes of Ukraine signing the EU’s offer of an association agreement (AA) for the foreseeable future, has been championed in some circles as a geopolitical victory for Moscow. Certainly, in relation to the battle that has commenced over the past few months between the EU and Russia in offering their mutually exclusive deals to Ukraine, Russia has unequivocally come out on top, for now.

January 3, 2014 - Nicholas Ross Smith

Ukraine’s European U-turn: Another failure of the EU as a fully-fledged international actor?

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, starting with the 1992 Maastricht Treaty and more recently upgraded with the 2007 Lisbon Treaty, the EU has proactively sought to become a more capable and coherent international actor, one that can produce and act upon a common foreign policy.

December 13, 2013 - Nicholas Ross Smith

Demystifying Yanukovych’s Decision to Not Sign the Association Agreement

The confirmation on Thursday November 21st that Ukraine would not sign the Association Agreement (AA) with the EU at the EaP Vilnius Summit was accompanied by an air of inevitability which had been slowly building over the previous two weeks.

November 27, 2013 - Nicholas Ross Smith

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