Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009.
vi, 208 p. ; 24 cm.
Baltic-Russian relations and European integration
Includes bibliographical references (p. -203) and index.
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 the Estonian war monuments, Karsten Bruggemann 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 depoliticisation 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-- Contextualising and qualifying identities: Baltic-Russian relations in the context of European integration, Hiski Haukkala-- Bibliography-- Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
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 the relationship between identity and foreign policy focusing on Baltic-Russian relations and the deepening and widening of the EU. It analyzes and explains developments in Baltic-Russian relations after both NATO and EU enlargement focusing in particular on the impact of identity and carefully demonstrates whether, how and under what circumstances identity shapes foreign policy behaviour.Built on a 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. Avoiding specialist jargon and drawn-out theoretical discussions, it will meet the needs of academics and students of foreign policy, EU external relations and international relations more generally. (source: Nielsen Book Data)