TFPD Transatlantic Foreign Policy Discourse (TFPD)  

  A Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Project 

Working Groups

Past Working Groups 2002-08

  Post-Conflict Management
The Role of Islamists
State's Economic Role
Transatlantic Security
  China's Rise
Russia, USA and the EU
Military Transformation
Balkans Politics
EU Enlargement
States at Risk
Military Co-operability
Middle East
Meetings & Reports
Partners Organizations


The Triangular Relationship: USA, Europe and Russia (2004/05)


arrow Meetings & Reports

Group Leader:
arrow Dr. Hannes Adomeit

Key SWP Participants:
arrow Dr. Eberhard Schneider
arrow Dr. Uwe Halbach
arrow Dr. Roland Götz


arrow Publications

arrow Partner Organization:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Russia's domestic and foreign policy have again become a matter of concern. Concerning domestic developments, the question has arisen whether rather than Russia integrating into Western institutions and developing in accordance with Western norms, there is a widening "values gap" (Ambassador Vershbow). The manifestations of such a development that are being referred to increasingly by both US and European policy makers include the rise of narrow nationalist tendencies; establishment of a "managed" or controlled democracy; absence of effective opposition to the presidential administration; manipulation of the legislature and the judiciary by the presidential apparatus; increase in the power and influence of the security services; reassertion of central control over the regions; limitation of the freedom of the media; intimidation of journalists and academic researchers; termination of military reforms; and the continuation of repression in Chechnya.

In foreign policy, the concerns are connected mainly with the tendencies to extend the reassertion of domestic controls to the post-Soviet geopolitical space. The perceived manifestations in this area are Russia's support for the Lukashenko regime in Belarus; continued attacks on Latvian and Estonian minority policies; interference in the internal affairs of the two countries and Lithuania with its security services; opposition to the extension of the PCA to the new EU members; economic penetration of Ukraine; continued presence of Russian troops and bases in Georgia and Transnistria; in Georgia: support for separatist regimes in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Yavakhetia, and Adzharia; attempts to create regional groupings in competition with the EU and NATO such as a Common Economic Space and the Organization of the (Tashkent) Collective Security Treaty; non-ratification of the CFE treaty, the Kyoto protocol, and the EU energy charter.


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