Is Russia in its foreign policy the stereotypical bear, instinctively resorting to the use of force and coercion? Is the EU a soft power driven only by its will to spread norms and institutions? Representations like this ignore the complexity of power. The latter appears in many different disguises and clashes at different levels simultaneously. This lecture seeks to unravel the complexity of power in EU-Russia relations. Drawing on Barnett and Duvall’s taxonomy of power, it argues a fundamental shift has occurred in the nature of the competition for power between Moscow and Brussels.
Tom Casier is Reader in International Relations at the University of Kent. He is Academic Director of the university’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS). He has published on EU-Russia relations and Russian foreign policy and holds a Jean Monnet Chair.