On The Edge
A new globally significant relationship arising after the break-up of the Soviet Union is the main topic of this unparalleled volume - the geopolitical link between Russia, Ukraine and the three bordering 'Central European' states, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. On the Edge is a path-breaking analysis of this triangular relationship with an in-depth focus on economic, political and more importantly, security issues.
The expansion of NATO up to Ukraine's borders is likely to leave Ukraine in a delicate position vis-à-vis Russia. On the Edge addresses key questions, such as: how are events in Ukraine affecting the security calculations of the Central European states; Central European relations with Russia and NATO; and relations among Central European states themselves? The volume examines what Central European states can do to solidify Ukraine's independence and help it avoid international isolation.
On the Edge gives a Central European perspective on all these issues and suggests concrete forms of co-operation.
List of Contributors
List of Tables
Preface by Margarita M. Balmaceda
1. Ukraine, Central Europe, and Russia in a New International Environment (by Margarita M. Balmaceda)
The Political and Geopolitical Context of the Triangle
Ukraine in Writings about International Relations and International Relations Theory: the State of the Literature
Ukraine, Central Europe, and Russia in Contemporary Debates on International Relations
2. The Warsaw–Kyiv–Moscow Security Triangle (by Marek Calka)
1989–92: The Two-track Policy
1992–93: Lost Opportunities?
The Period of Reappraisals: Polish–Ukrainian Relations 1994–95
Relations with Russia 1994–95
1996–97: The Building of a National Consensus on Poland’s Eastern Policy
3. The Slovak–Ukrainian–Russian Security Triangle (by Alexander Duleba)
A Prehistory of Relations: The Split of Czechoslovakia and Slovakia’s ‘Eastern Pragmatism’
Slovakia’s Foreign Policy Concept and Current International Position: The Role of the Triangle
Slovak–Russian Relations, 1993–97
Slovak–Ukrainian Relations, 1993–97
The Pattern of Relations
4. The Hungarian–Ukrainian–Russian Triangle: Not Like Rubik’s Cube (by László Póti)
From Subordination to Normalcy: Hungarian–Russian Relations, 1990–97
From Promise to Reality: Hungarian–Ukrainian Relations, 1990–97
5. Economic Relations and the Ukrainian–Central European–Russian Triangle (by Margarita M. Balmaceda)
Raw Materials and Energy
Russian Debts and the Means for their Settlement
Russian Capital in Central Europe
Trade, Free Trade Zones, and Russia’s Use of Economic Instruments
The Role of Interest Groups in the Economic Triangle
6. The Triangle with Five Sides: Patterns of Relations between Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, and Russia (by László Póti)
Foreign Policy Concepts and Perceptions
Evolution of Political Relations
Patterns of Political Relations
The Security Dimension
The Minority Issue
7. The Ukrainian–Central European Borderland after NATO Expansion: Wall, Fortress, or Open Door? (by Margarita M. Balmaceda)
Russian–Ukrainan–Central European Relations and the European Security Question
What We Have Learned from the Triangle?
The Ukrainian–Central European Relationship after NATO and EU Expansion: New Walls or New Backdoors?