Monday, November 10, 2014

Value Clash Redux: The Revival of Normative Politics in the EU's Relations with Russia?


On October 3, 2014, Joan DeBardeleben, director of Carleton Univerisity's European Union Centre of Excellence, gave a lecture entitled "Value Clash Redux: The Revival of Normative Politics in the EU's Relations with Russia?" as part of the EUCE Directors Lecture series.

Dr. DeBardeleben's abstract:
To what degree are tensions between the EU and Russia rooted in  a clash of basic political values, or do  they have more to with differing economic and geopolitical interests?  In recent years the EU has toned down its efforts to export its political values to Russia, as its normative agenda took a back seat to energy security and economics interests; at the same time  Russia  also took a more pragmatic approach to its relations with the West. The speaker explores why, nonetheless,  ‘value clash’ now seems to have  reemerged between the EU and Russia, whether the EU’s  own policies  may have contributed to this shift, and what can be done about it.


A video of the lecture is available to view in the EUC's video library or below:


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