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Hard questions about soft power: a normative outlook at Russia's foreign policy

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Makarychev, Andrey

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Corporate Editor Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.
Abstract "Political interest in the concept of soft power, introduced to the international academic community a few decades ago, has recently been revitalized after a series of mass uprisings in a number of countries in North Africa and the Middle East. Arguably, the substantive issues raised by the Arab Spring cannot merely be reduced to either energy matters or to the application of military force by the anti-Gaddafi coalition. The essence of these developments is profoundly normative, and this is how they were perceived by most European analysts, who were keen to raise a set of value-laden questions: how effective has the EU been as a 'normative power' in its relations with neighboring autocratic regimes? Can other emerging powers - above all Turkey - become a better model for the Arab world? Can we expect the revolutionary virus to spread to other areas overwhelmed by authoritarian regimes, including the Caucasus and Central Asia? Against this dynamic background, it appears that the whole gamut of soft power issues - including the role of identities, norms, and values - will increasingly shape the EU's complicated relations with its neighbors. The largest of them, Russia, often seems to mimic Europe's soft power, and yet paradoxically this has not brought Moscow and Brussels closer to each other." (author's abstract)
Keywords foreign policy; Russia; EU; international relations; power; democracy
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
City Berlin
Page/Pages 7 p.
Series DGAP-Analyse kompakt, 10
ISSN 2191-4869
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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