Riga Summit: Implications for the Eastern Partnership

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The Riga Eastern Partnership summit was held against the backdrop of traditionally high expectations, and consequently – certain disappointments. This piece analyses the relevancy of the eastern neighbors’ expectations; the validity of skeptical estimations of the summit results; and the implications of summit outcomes for the future of the Eastern Partnership that faces a number of challenges. (PDF) Olena Khylko

The Eastern Partnership Project: Can Democracy and Security Concerns Be Reconciled at a New Stage?

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This Policy brief explores the advantages and failures of the Eastern Partnership and outlines the main challenging tasks for the EU at next stage of EaP project in general and regarding Belarus and Ukraine in particular. (PDF) The document was prepared by our partners from the “Charter’97 Foundation” (Belarus) in the framework of “The Answer to the Eurasian Challenge for Eastern Europe” project, supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

Baltic Security: Russia’s Threats, NATO’s Capabilities and the “Belarus Factor”

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A selection of experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland and Ukraine commented on the current issues of the Baltic states security, including the threats of Russia’s hybrid and conventional aggression, NATO’s capabilities to secure the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the Baltic states, and possible role of the “Belarus factor”, given its close military cooperation with Russia. (PDF)

Capacities and limitations of the Normandy format

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Every new meeting of the Normandy four causes debates on the efficiency and impartiality of this format, given that previously Germany and France were considered to be the most loyal towards Russia among the EU and NATO member states. Now Berlin and Paris are the key mediators in Russia-Ukraine conflict. (PDF) Maksym Khylko

Security and Defense Sector Reform in Ukraine

This food-for-thought paper was distributed on behalf of the EESRI Coordinators among the participants of the OSCE-wide Conference on Security Sector Governance and Reform held in Belgrade (Republic of Serbia) on April 21, 2015. (PDF) EESRI Board of Coordinators