Experts at University of Oxford discuss ‘Europe, Russia and the Contested Neighbourhood’
Author: By Nino Sharashidze
The Oxford University Georgian Society together with Ukrainian and Armenian student societies organized a panel discussion on ‘Europe, Russia and the Contested Neighbourhood’ at the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford on March 4.The discussion covered the political and economic choices of Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine and their relations with Russia and the EU.
Panel speakers included professors at University of Oxford: Prof Neil MacFarlane, a professor of International Relations and a fellow at St. Anne’s College; Prof Roy Allison, a lecturer of International Relations of Russia at St. Antony’s College and Prof Kalypso Nicolaidis a professor of International Relations and the director of the European Studies Center at St. Antony’s College.
Dr. Roy Allison claimed that Russia has been embroiled in bitter disputes with major Western powers over high-profile military interventions - Kosovo (1999), Iraq (2003), Georgia (2008), and even Libya (2011) which had a UN Security Council mandate. Moscow and the West reached much greater agreement over the Gulf War (1990) and intervention in Afghanistan (2001), but these cases are exceptional.