Identity and Foreign Policy: Baltic-Russian Relations and European Integration

Identity and Foreign Policy: Baltic-Russian Relations and European Integration

By: Piret Ehin (author), Eiki Berg (editor)Hardback

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Baltic-Russian relations have been complicated and tense since the collapse of the USSR and the restoration of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian independence. Although Baltic accession to the European Union (EU) has created a new international context for interstate relations in the region, enlargement did not bring about the much hoped for improvement in Baltic-Russian relations. This case-study-rich volume examines links between identity, memory politics and foreign policy. It analyzes and explains developments in Baltic-Russian relations after both NATO and EU enlargement, focusing on the incompatibility of Baltic and Russian post-Soviet national identity constructions and the manifestations of this underlying antagonism in bilateral relations and on the broader European and international arena. Built on the constructivist perspective in international relations, this volume provides a coherent and illuminating account of the dynamics of Baltic-Russian relations after NATO and EU enlargement. Combining policy-relevant analysis with theoretical insights, it will meet the needs of academics and students of foreign policy, EU external relations and international relations more generally.

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Professor Eiki Berg, Professor of International Relations, Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu, Estonia and Piret Ehin, Senior Researcher, Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu, Estonia.


Contents: Incompatible identities? Baltic-Russian relations and the EU as an arena for identity conflict, Piret Ehin and Eiki Berg; Imperial legacy and the Russian-Baltic relations: from conflicting historical narratives to a foreign policy confrontation?, Elena Fofanova and Viatcheslav Morozov; Commemorating May 9: the Baltic states and European memory politics, Eva-Clarita Onken; Identity politics and contested histories in divided societies: the case of Estonian war monuments, Karsten BrA ggemann and Andres Kasekamp; Liminality and contested Europeanness: conflicting memory politics in the Baltic space, Maria MAlksoo; The 'return of history' or technocratic administration? The effects of depoliticization in Estonian-Russian relations, Alexander Astrov; Entrapment in the discourse of danger? Latvian-Russian interaction in the context of European integration, Andris Spruds; Neighbourhood politics of Baltic states: between the EU and Russia, Dovile Jakniunaite; In and out of Europe: identity politics in Russian-European relations, Sergei Prozorov; Contextualizing and qualifying identities: Baltic-Russian relations in the context of European integration, Hiski Haukkala; Bibliography; Index.

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  • publication date: 20/02/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780754673293
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 216
  • ID: 9780754673293
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 0754673294

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