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Studies of EU-Russian Relations in Russia and Abroad 1991-2015: Two Different Research Agendas?

Tatiana Romanova

The paper analyses studies of EU-Russian relations in 1992-2015 in Russia and abroad. It reviews topics and theories and methodologies, which are used on both sides. The issues of enlargement, foreign policy cooperation and economic cooperation have dominated in Russia. Russian studies are also characterized by the emphasis on empirics, realism and limited borrowing of Western categories, the reasons for these methodological choices are reviewed. Studies of EU-Russian relations abroad start either from the evolution of the EU or from the need to reform Russia as the key determinant of EU-Russian relations. They are also characterized by a gradual securitization of the relations in security, energy and shared neighbourhood. Foreign studies are characterized by stronger theoretical perspective but also by the choice of international relations theories rather than political science for the analysis of EU-Russian relations. They also have substantial constructivist studies, to which Russian scholars also contributed. The author compares two research agendas, stressing deep differences in both topics and methodology as well as limited dialogue between the two sides, which contributed to the current crisis in EU-Russian relations.

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