Estonian Foreign Policy reflection paper, March 2016

February, 2016

In 2014, Western countries imposed sanctions on Russia in reaction to its continued violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Some of the restrictionsi affect one of the most important parts of the Russian economy – the oil sector. Sanctions apply to the exploration of deep-sea and Arctic oil deposits. They limit the access of Russian oil companies to modern technology and foreign loans. Due to the sanctions Western companies cancelled their participation in exploration ...

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Estonian Foreign Policy reflection paper, May 2015

May, 2015

Since the annexation of Crimea, the question of whether "Narva is next?" has been on analysts' lips. The international media has descended on Narva to ask whether "little green men" could suddenly appear there. A border town 150 km from St. Petersburg with an overwhelmingly Russian-speaking population, Narva is a symbol for the larger Baltic question and the future of NATO. A chorus of prominent analysts and public figures, including the former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, have ...

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Estonian Foreign Policy reflection paper, March 2015

March, 2015

The aim of this paper is to give an overview of opinions on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, from the Chinese perspective. I have considered in my research the official statements from the government, articles from state media, views of columnists, think tanks and, to some extent, the general public. Due to the ever-changing nature of the crisis in Ukraine, these positions have evolved from descriptive to discussions regarding China's involvement in the situation and whether or not it would be wis ...

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Occasional paper

March, 2015

Estonia and Asia: Proposal for a Strategic Framework in the 21st Century. Author:  Sami Honkasalo.   Sami Honkasalo is a Finnish foreign policy expert with extensive experiences of study and work in Asian countries. In the end of 2014-early 2015, he conducted for the Estonian Institute of Foreign Policy a study on Estonia's foreign and economic policy towards Asian countries. ...

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Estonian Foreign Policy reflection paper, February 2014

February, 2014

Baltic Sea regional cooperation, be it in the narrowest sense – the "3B", Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - or in its broadest meaning - all the littoral countries plus Iceland - is something everyone agrees is vital, but genuinely excites few. Nevertheless, for Estonia there is a heightened interest – the government has proclaimed 2014 as the "Year of the Baltic Sea" since by a quirk of the rotating diplomatic calendar Estonia is chairing several Baltic Sea region institutions simultaneously. ...

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