By Andrey Makarychev, Alexandra Yatsyk
This e-book makes a speciality of the hot political trajectories in the Baltic Sea area from one of many good fortune tales of regionalism in Europe to a possible region of army disagreement among Russia and NATO. The authors heavily study the next matters: new protection 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 sector, and diverse cultural techniques that nearby actors hire. the typical threads of this leading edge quantity are problems with altering borders and bounds 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 area.
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CHAPTER 2 The Baltic Sea Region: Practicing Security at the Overlap of the European and the Post-Soviet Society of States Thomas Linsenmaier INTRODUCTION The Baltic Sea Region (BSR) has long been considered a model case of a cooperative subregion at the fringes of the European Union (EU) (see Tassinari 2005). Efforts to ameliorate dividing lines along the Baltic rim date back to the Cold War, when the Helsinki process set in motion a rapprochement between East and West. In the post-Cold War period, cooperation in the area further intensified, resulting in a gradual “thickening” of the institutional framework.
Under the condition of regional differentiation, meanings remain multiple and primary institutions “polysemic”. What made possible BSR regionalism during much of the post-Cold War period, in spite of the two constitutive layers of international society being “out-of-tune”, was the prevalence of an air of ambiguity about the differences in meaning that would come to constitute the boundary between the European society and its “outside”. Regional differentiation at the ‘Eastern’ boundary of the European society was simply not actualised in practice.
From an English School point of view, theorising the relationship between the deep structure of international society and surface-level phenomena in international society, and I contend both security and regionalism to be instances of surface level phenomena, carries wider implications, exceeding ‘low’ politics and extending to the realm of ‘high’ politics of international security (see also Buzan 2015; 2014, 181–185). Patterns of amity and enmity, “the structure of international security” (Buzan and Wæver 2003), similarly to regionalism, materialise on the basis of configurations of primary institutions.