This project examines the underlying dynamics that explain the deterioration of relations between the EU and Russia in the wake of the events in Ukraine in 2013-2014 and Russian annexation of Crimea in February 2014.  In particular, EU policy and its contribution to the crisis are examined.  The project then examines how and in what ways the crisis has impacted on subsequent EU policy in four critical arenas: a) European security policies; (b) responses to the ‘Russian factor’ in its policies toward other eastern neighbours; (c) responses to Russia’s regional integration initiatives, especially the Eurasian Economic Union; and (d) EU energy interdependence with Russia.  In this way, this research initiative aims to contribute to the broader body of knowledge regarding the EU’s learning capacity and the role of crisis in triggering policy change.  A detailed project description is available here.

The principal investigator for the project is Prof. Joan DeBardeleben of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.  This research project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) under its Insight Grants program.  The period of the grant is from 2016-2022.

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