Examining the Turkish-Russian rapprochement

According to official announcements in Turkey, Turkish-Russian relations are at an all-time high. However, the validity of these claims is not easy to verify given the lack of transparency on both sides. As part of a series of events on Turkish foreign policy, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Turkey in co-operation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Russia and Carnegie Centre Moscow try to review the situation.  By Christian Eichenmüller

Khodorkovsky: Dangling between Conviction and Release: Is there a Solution?

Jens Siegert, head of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Moscow, states in a commentary article that a verdict of "not guilty" in the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev trial may show a sign of political weakness on behalf of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, while a "guilty" verdict could end all hope for a thorough modernization of Russia. By Jens Siegert

Energy Policy in Russia and the EU

For a generation to come, relations between the EU and Russia will be shaped by the question of gas, as this is highly important for the EU’s energy security, climate changes policies, and commerce. By Maria Belova

The Lonely Power: Russian Security Policy and the West

Moscow has, once and for all, abandoned the policies of Western integration promoted by Boris Yeltsin. The best way to deal with the situation constructively is to negotiate a new treaty on strategic arms, reach an understanding on missile defenses, give Ukraine a solid long-term European perspective - but desist from the NATO option. By Dmitri Trenin

Russia and the West

Putin's state visit in the U.S. and the current tensions between the blocks. A plea for greater civil society contacts from June 2007. By Ralf Fücks

A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus

On November 6-7, 2008 South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and Bertelsmann Foundation initiated a strategic cooperation dedicated to "A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus".

A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus - Towards identifying an agenda

After the five-day war between Russia and Georgia, actors, issues and the agenda involved need to be identified. A discussion paper for the conference “A European Strategy for the Southern Caucasus” in Tbilisi on 6-7 November 2008, jointly organized by the Bertelsmann Foundation, Guetersloh and the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Southern Caucasus Office. By Iris Kempe