Claudia Westwood is a recent graduate of the MSc in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford and holds a first-class honours BA in International Relations from King’s College London. She grew up in Glasgow, Scotland and Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Her research interests centre on foreign policy and identity in Russia and the post-Soviet republics. At the undergraduate level, her thesis examined the effects of NATO expansion on US-Russian relations in the immediate post-Cold War period. At the masters level, her research focused on the securitisation of Russian speaking minorities in Estonia and Georgia. Claudia is a fellow at the University Consortium and currently interning as a Network Liaison Officer for the ELN.
Content by Claudia Westwood
As the economic relations between the EU and China develop, the growing presence of China and Russia on the international stage presents concerns for the Union. Claudia Westwood argues that the EU must recognise that closer China-Russia cooperation would not signal a strong partnership, but rather the escalation of pre-existing economic cooperation only in areas of common interest.
The most effective way to combat the masculine connotation of security is for more women to enter the field and prove it need not be gendered.