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A.S. Maass, PhD


Current Research Projects:

  1. 2018-2022: COST Action "EU Foreign Policy Facing New Realities: Perceptions, Contestation, Communication and Relations": (Research consortium, Special Investigator: Professor Michèle Knodt, University of Darmstadt)
  2. Kaliningrad: Cooperation and Conflict on a Fluid Boundary (article in special issue)
  3. EU-Russia relations and the 'shared neighbourhood' before and after Crimea's annexation (book chapter) 
  4.  Conceptualising Russia as a power in international politics (article) 

 Previous Research Projects:

My previous research projects focused on examining diplomatic relations between the European Union and Russia between 1999 and 2015. The analysis of the reasons for the deterioration of this relationship is at the core of my monograph. In addition to research on EU-Russia relations, I also conduct research on the Eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. At the core of this research is among others the analysis of EU external relations with Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. In particular I focus on EU democracy promotion in Georgia and Armenia as well as on EU state-building in Ukraine.

My current research interests focus on implications on European security in light of the latest open confrontation between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov. Seeking to conceptualise Russia as an actor in international politics, including the Eastern and Southern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy as well as in the Middle East are also at the core of my current research. 


The Actorness of the EU's State-Building in Ukraine- Before and After Crimea. Geopolitics.

From Vilnius to the Kerch Strait: Wide-Ranging Security Risks of the Ukraine Crisis. European Politics and Society.

The limits of the EU’s normative power in Georgia and Armenia. In (Neuman, M. ed.).  Democracy Promotion and the Normative Power Europe Framework – The European Union in South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Springer International Publishing.

EU financial instruments and the European Neighbourhood Policy. Published in Schumacher, T., Marchetti, A. & Demmelhuber, T. (eds). The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy. London and New York: Routledge.

EU-Russia Relations, 1999-2015. From Courtship to Confrontation. Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series. London and New York: Routledge.

Overcoming the ‘Chechnya irritant’ in EU-Russia relations. Published in Kimunguyi, P. & Kimunguyi- Polonska, E. (eds.) Transitions revisited. Central and Eastern Europe twenty years after the Soviet Union. Warsaw: Scholar.


Russia’s Power in Relations with the EU. Panel proposal accepted. International Studies Association (ISA). Conceptualising Russia’s power in relations with the EU. Panel titled multi-causal and multi-level explanations of Russian foreign policy. March 27-30 2019 Toronto.

The Actorness of the EU’s State-Building in Ukraine. Panel on “The EU and contested statehood in its near abroad- Europeanisation, Actorness and State-building.” UACES. 48th Annual Conference. University of Bath. September 2-5 2018.

Russia’s Power versus the West’s Fading Power – The Case of Kaliningrad. Panel on theorising relations between Europe and Russia. European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, Hamburg, August 22-25 2018.

Paradoxes of a Strategic EU-Russian Partnership. Organisation of the panel “The spectre of mutual (mis) perceptions in EU-Russia relations” in the session titled “The Future of European Security”. European International Studies Association (EISA). Annual Conference. September 13-16 2017 Barcelona.

The limitations of the EU’s normative myth in Georgia and Armenia. ECPR General Conference, Prague. September 7–10 2016.

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The Netherlands

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