Russia in the Balkans: Great Power Politics and Local Response
May 31, 2019
The present paper looks into the current policies of Russia in the Balkans. It argues that after a short period of withdrawal from the region, Moscow is currently making efforts to regain its position and, in some sense, it has been a quite successful come-back. Russia has enhanced its economic presence, political clout, and symbolic influence in some of the countries of the region. However, Russia’s present return to the Balkans is of a quite different nature than its past engagement there as Moscow has now moved to a more assertive foreign policy. The paper also looks at the response of the Balkans countries to Moscow’s policies. It argues that the Balkans countries have adopted a more pragmatic approach to relations with Russia and as a result, Russia and these countries are in the process of finding a new, workable modus operandi for their interaction.
Antonios Vlassis a rédigé un rapport d'analyse pour la Fédération internationale des Coalitions pour la diversité culturelle, le 20 février 2020.
Titre du rapport : Reforme de la politique audiovisuelle en Europe : entre souveraineté culturelle et globalisation numérique
Lucian N. Leustean and Vsevolod Samokhvalov, "The Ukrainian National Church, Religious Diplomacy and the Conflict in Donbas", Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies, vol° 2, Issue 2, 2020, pp. 199-224.
New publication: Sebastian Santander and Antonios Vlassis, "EU in Global Affairs: Constrained Ambition in an Unpredictable World?", European Foreign Affairs Review, vol. 25/1, 2020, pp. 5-22.
Key words: Trade agreements ; European Union ; China ; International political economy ; EU external relations ; Trump administration ; trade diplomacy ; unilateralism, bilateralism ; interregionalism, multilateralism.
Abstract: The European Union (EU) has a number of different powers in its toolbox. One of these policies lies at the core of the EU’s external competences – the common commercial policy (CCP) or common trade policy. This enables the EU to ‘speak as one voice’ in multilateral bodies and with third parties. The CCP, which has become stronger over the years, has developed into one of the bloc’s key international projection levers. However, the EU’s place and role in globalization are today being shaken chiefly by three major political factors: the rise of new powers, the United States (US)’ neo-mercantilist policies, and political divisions within the EU. Together, these three external and internal factors may be hastening a crisis for the EU. This raises the question: to what extent can the bloc influence its own destiny during this stormy period?
Nouvelle publication : Gérard Amougou, « La Chine et les politiques d’émergence au Cameroun. Le cas du projet de construction du port de Kribi », CEFIR Working Paper, N° 8, Février 2020, pp. 1-22.
À partir du projet de construction du port de Kribi, cette contribution examine la partition de la Chine dans la mise en œuvre des politiques d’émergence au Cameroun. Depuis l’atteinte de l’Initiative Pays Pauvres et Très Endettés (PPTE) en 2006 et le renouement des pouvoirs publics avec la planification du développement en 2009, la Chine est apparue comme le premier partenaire du Cameroun. Notre approche par le bas permet de mieux appréhender le rôle des différents acteurs et de mieux situer l’impact des capitaux chinois dans le renouement des pouvoirs camerounais avec l’ambition développementaliste. L’enquête de terrain montre ainsi que la Chine ne cesse d’accroître son influence tandis que l’enjeu de l’émergence permet surtout au régime en place de consolider son pouvoir politique au détriment du développement socioéconomique escompté.
Mots clés : Chine ; Afrique ; Cameroun ; émergence ; port de Kribi.
This eighth issue of CEFIR Working Paper 2020 is available as an attachment.
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A propos de l'auteur :
Gérard Amougou est docteur en sciences politiques et sociales de l’Université de Liège, et docteur en science politique de l’Université de Yaoundé II. Il a été engagé en septembre 2016 comme postdoctorant à l’Université de Yaoundé II, dans le projet R4D financé par la Suisse. Actuellement, il est chercheur postdoctorant au Centre d’Études et de Recherche en Dynamiques Administratives et Politiques (Cerdap) de l’Université de Yaoundé II, et à celui d’Observer les mondes en recompositions (OMER) de l’Université de Liège. Ses travaux de recherche portent sur les droits humains, le développement politique, les politiques d’émergence en Afrique, l’individualisation/subjectivation et la jeunesse. Il compte une dizaine de publications dans des revues spécialisées.
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