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By Andrey Makarychev, Alexandra Yatsyk

This ebook makes a speciality of the hot political trajectories in the Baltic Sea sector from one of many good fortune tales of regionalism in Europe to a possible sector of army disagreement among Russia and NATO. The authors heavily research the next concerns: new safety demanding situations for the quarter stemming from Russia’s staunch anti-EU and anti-NATO polices, associations and practices of multi-level governance within the zone, and assorted cultural options that nearby actors hire. the typical threads of this cutting edge quantity are problems with altering borders and limits within the zone, and logics of inclusion and exclusion that form its political contours. From diversified disciplinary and methodological positions the authors clarify rules of particular Baltic Sea states, in addition to structural issues that cause them to a sector.

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In spite of this, the label “modern” nevertheless may be too crude a categorisation to adequately capture the structural conditions in the post-Soviet space. The notion suggests a pluralist society, whereas the regional configuration in practice is not as pluralist. The practice of sovereignty within the post-Soviet space is qualified by the distinguished role of Russia. The latter, despite its advocacy of pluralist principles at the global level, does not similarly practice these principles regionally (Kaczmarska 2015).

Primary institutions in turn are understood as “durable and recognised patterns of shared practices rooted in values held commonly by the members of interstate societies” (Buzan 2004, 181). 4 If international society can be thought of as a “web of sociality”, primary institutions can be pictured as the threads providing the web with pattern and texture. In English School theorising, primary institutions are furthermore distinguished from secondary institutions (see Buzan 2004, 167–176, 181–182; 2014, 16–17).

The Ukraine crisis reverberates in the BSR as an external shock, forcing into the open, and therefore making politically salient, the normative rupture which, although latently present, had been veiled by an air of ambiguity and therefore remained inconsequential for much of the post-Cold War period. Once meanings became fixed, however, through their actualisation in practice, namely by Russia’s conduct within the post-Soviet society (that is, Russia practicing war), ambiguity was resolved and the normative rupture became consequential.

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