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Visiting Fellows 2014-2015

Dmitry V. Efremenko, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences (INION), Moscow, Russia

EU – Ukraine – Russia Trilateral Political Dialogue and Economic Cooperation as an Alternative to Geopolitical Rivalry in Eastern Europe 
(August – September 2014)

Dmitry Efremenko is Deputy Director of the Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences (INION). He completed his PhD thesis (Kandidat nauk) in philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, and German-Russian College, University of Karlsruhe, Germany (2000). He was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Graz, Austria (2000-2001), visiting Fellow at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (2003), guest researcher at the Universities of Potsdam and Karlsruhe, Germany (2005, 2009). Since 2003 he works at the Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences (INION) as a senior researcher (2003-2007, Department of Political Science), head of the Department of Sociology (2007-2014), deputy director (since 2013). In 2007 he completed his Habilitation thesis (Doktor nauk) in political science on the global environmental politics.

His current research interests are primarily focusing on the issues of postbipolar world order and political transformations in Post-Soviet space, analysis of Russian foreign policy. Dmitry Efremenko is author of five research monographs, dozens research papers and articles in Russian and international journals; he is editor of the Journal of scientific abstracts “Sociologia” (“Sociology”) and co-editor of “Sociologicheskij Ezhegodnik” (“Sociological Yearbok”). He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Posttraumatic Russia. Social and Political Transformations under Conditions of Turbulence in International Relations” which will include a chapter on the origin and consequences of Ukrainian crisis 2013-2014.

Abstract of current research:
Ukrainian crisis of 2013-2014 can be considered as a “geopolitical earthquake” with a long term consequences for the world order. The struggle for Ukraine’s geopolitical choice unfolded in strict conformity with zero sum game logic. By excluding one another from initiatives promoting engagement and integration with post-Soviet states, the EU and Russia have created an inadvertent and unnecessary rivalry. An alternative to the geopolitical rivalry implies fundamental changes in relations between Russia and the European Union, and Ukraine’s integration into this system of relations as a full-fledged participant. The key to this strategy should be based on recognizing Ukraine as a key factor in Russian-European interaction and devising an inclusive approach to all parties.
The objectives of the project are:

  • to consider integration dilemma as a variant of security dilemma (situation when one state perceives as a threat to its own security its neighbours’ integration into military alliances or economic groupings that are closed to it);
  • to analyze chances for launching for and institutionalization political dialogue and economic cooperation between the EU, Russia and Ukraine under different scenarios of political development in Ukraine;
  • to discuss the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis to the world order;
  • to assess the role of democratic and nationalist protest movement in Ukraine (the Euromaidan) as a factor of Russian foreign and domestic policies.

The research stay will follow my previous activity within the framework of scientific program “Prospects of Coordinated Socio-economic Development of Russia and Ukraine in the European Context”, run by the Russian Academy of Sciences (2012 – 2013), and my participation in drafting the project proposal “The Challenges and Opportunities of Eurasian Economic Integration” for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). My scientific work at the Aleksanteri Insititute will be also an extension of my previous analysis of interest groups and ideological trends in Russian foreign policy under Putin-Medvedev regime. The main outcome of the research visit will be an article on the topic (in English) and a chapter to monograph (in Russian).

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Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Markku Kangaspuro and Suvi Kansikas