The Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies I
We are happy and proud to be able to resume publication of the Yearbook, now with a broadened perspective. As the title, The Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies indicates the Yearbook now also covers other disciplines than law, in particular political science and economics. Given recent developments in the Eurasian region this enlarged focus is increasingly relevant and important.
In this first issue of the relaunched Yearbook we publish presentations made at a symposium devoted to Russia’s membership in the WTO, a development of potentially great significance both to Russia and the rest of the world. The first issue also contains many other interesting contributions, including articles and notes dealing with Ukraine and the situation there.
The developing relationship between Russia and Ukraine is an area that we will continue to monitor and analyze.
The World Trade Organization ( WTO) accession opened new possibilities for Russian economy and imposed new restrictions on economic policies. Three years after the accession Russia still is in transition period. The main questions posed in this paper are: what the net effect will be after the transition period ends and what can be expected in specific sectors and regions due to the changes that will take place.
he question of practical functionality of multi-level arrangements in the EU has long aroused skeptical assessments with regard to the Union’s ability to act decisively in foreign affairs and with an eye to enacting unified and effective common foreign policy. The sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia in 2014–2015 suggest that these multi-level institutional arrangements may be acquiring greater functionality and robustness and are better suited than previously thought to pursuing decisive EU foreign policy. A recent paper, co-authored by Irina Busygina and Mikhail Filippov, claims that the Ukrainian crisis revealed the priority of the all-Union decision-making institutions over bilateral relations. While political leaders of many member states expressed desire to sustain amiable relationships with Putin, at the EU level (European Council, Council of Ministers) leaders of all 28 nations supported united actions against Russia. The Ukrainian crisis has also created new opportunities for strengthening the EU institutions of common foreign policy.