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EU-Russia Relations in the Post-Cold War Era

Tuesday 10 December 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

About this lecture

This lecture provides a detailed survey of EU-Russia relations since 1991 through the lens of scholarship and of real-world policy, while focusing especially on EU-Russia energy interdependence. Its main focus is contemporary, although essential historical background will be presented as necessary.

Some of the issues that we will discuss include: the historical legacies of EU-Russia energy ties; Europe’s gradual creation of a liquid gas market amid a lingering inability to ‘speak with one voice’ in energy matters vis-a-vis Russia; recent developments, such as the Ukraine crisis, which urged the EU to diversify its energy supplies and integrate its internal gas market; the extent to which the EU’s responses to the Russia challenge engage domestic and international political priorities (IR’s so-called “two-level” problem); and how the global low-carbon transition might upend long-standing EU-Russia energy trade relationships.

About the speaker

Dr Morena Skalamera is Assistant Professor of Russian and International Studies. She teaches courses in international political economy, with a regional focus on Russia and Eurasia. Her research interests include the political economy of Eurasia, Russian and post-Soviet Politics, and the Geopolitics of Energy in Eurasia. Dr Skalamera has spent extensive time conducting field research in post-Soviet Eurasia, especially in Russia and Central Asia, and in Turkey.

Her current writings focus on issues of identity politics, exploring the particular interplay between international and domestic factors in policy making, and contemporary state-market relations with a focus on energy policy dynamics in Russia and Central Asia. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how energy firms have shaped the energy relationship between Russia and Europe and the energy strategies of the former Soviet states.

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