July 6, 2018

Migration, Russia and the Caucasus

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The June issue of Diplomaatia is dedicated to several subjects that influence our lives. The migration crisis, developments in the Caucasus and Russia, and overviews of the media and new books are all featured.

Mari-Liis Jakobson, an associate professor at Tallinn University, and Ave Lauren write about the migration crisis. “In an age of migration, where the number of refugees is ever increasing, searching for joint solutions is more important than ever,” she states. “While there were about 84.5 million international migrants in the world in 1970, by this year their number had grown to 258 million, according to the International Organization for Migration (IMO), and there is no reason to believe it will decrease. Rather, it will increase, and at a growing rate. Migration is happening, whether we like it or not.”

Eero Janson, Hille Hanso and Karmo Tüür comment on the subject.

Erkki Bahovski, Editor-in Chief of Diplomaatia writes about the Franco-German axis in the European Union and how the domestic policy of both countries influences the EU future.

Andres Herkel, a member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), writes about so-called caviar diplomacy, using the example of Azerbaijan. “One setback doesn’t worry anyone. In that sense, the corrupt Azerbaijani structure works even better than Russia’s influencing activity. In the case of the ‘laundromat’, it was Western values that received the biggest blow,” he says.

Diplomaatia’s interview with Vadim Mukhanov focuses on analysing relations between Russia and Armenia after the Armenian revolution. “… [P]ower shifted in a completely different manner in Armenia and in Ukraine,” says Mukhanov. “Besides, cooperation between Yerevan and Moscow is distinct from that between Kyiv and Moscow. They are completely different things. Armenia’s political elite is not taking the same road as Ukraine, or even Georgia.”

Jaak Prozes, counsellor at the NGO Fenno-Ugria, looks at how the Finno-Ugric peoples voted at the Russian presidential election.

Nurlan Aliyev, an analyst from Azerbaijan, writes about plans to strengthen the role of the Russian language among the minority nations in Russia. “The language crisis may be both the symptom signalling the end of Russian federalism and the first portent of a new ‘parade of sovereignties’”, he says. “One way or another, this risky step by the Kremlin can be compared to occupying the Crimea, and the consequences could be dire for both ethnic areas as well as Russia as a whole.”

Finnish publicist Jukka Mallinen writes that Russia may be on the brink of large-scale unrest.

Swedish-Estonian Evelin Tamm offers a thorough survey of Swedish media coverage of Estonia since the 1960s.

Pauli Järvenpää and Aimar Ventsel review new books on international policy.

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