• Stephen Raab

IGE Event: The Legacy of Empire for Russian Foreign Policy

Looking at the map it is hardly possible to overlook the Russian Federation, a country spanning over two continents, connecting the Baltic Sea and the Pacific Ocean, extending from the Artic up to the Black Sea. However, nowadays, the heydays of old Soviet times seem to be gone. Where does Mother Russia locate itself in a global post-cold war world? Discussing the legacy of empire for Russian foreign policy, the Institute for Greater Europe has organized a new event as part of the Europe Lab in corporation with the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

This panel was joined by distinguished academics and renowned practitioners in the field of EU-Russia studies, including Professor Viacheslav Morozov, professor for EU-Russia studies at the Johan Skytte Institute Tartu, as well as Professor Vladislav Zubok, professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Dr. Aude Merlin, lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Each panelist provided an individual insight into the trajectories of Russian foreign policy, emphasizing the still geopolitical importance of Russia. Facing the demand for energy supply as the European Union depending upon, the Russian Federation and its abundance of natural resources those are still important factors to be considered, when dealing with this area of international relations.

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