Nina Caspersen outlines the inherent problems of dealing with the ‘frozen conflicts’ on Europe’s periphery before concluding that engagement with these regions and their populations should be a priority in the coming months.
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Habibe Ozdal outlines the development of Turkish-Russian relations in recent years, arguing that a ‘copartmentalisation’ has helped insulate bilateral ties from obstacles such as the Russo-Georgian War of 2008 and the ongoing Ukraine crisis.
Former Polish Minister of Defence, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, argues that Russia’s imperial outlook must be challenged first and foremost in Ukraine. Onyszkiewicz calls for the arming of Ukraine along the same lines as America’s lend-lease policy during the Second World War.
Thomas Frear argues that western efforts to pressure Abkhazia back into union with Georgia have failed, and are instead forcing Abkhazia into the arms of Moscow. It is time to rehabilitate the policy of engagement without recognition.
Sergiy Galaka argues that whilst the Russian pressure on Ukraine makes the prospects of the dialogue process seem bleak, the alternative, a resumption of full scale fighting, is far worse.
Ievgen Vorobiov argues that the divergence between domestic Ukrainian rhetoric and their negotiating stance may compromise the Ukrainian position in the Normandy format negotiations.