Regional and International Relations of Central Europe

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Focused on the role of Central Europe in international politics at the turn of the 20th century, the authors take stock of the knowledge about the discipline of IR, enhance the visibility of scholars from Central Europe, and fill the void which has emerged after several researches on Central Europe were completed in the 1990s.
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO 'CENTRAL EUROPE'; Z.sabic & P.Drulák About the Name Geostrategic Importance Constructing of the Region the Central European Way What is 'Central Europe' Today? The Structure of the Book In Summary Endnotes References PART II: CENTRAL EUROPE AND IR THINKING: TRADITIONS AND DISCIPLINES; P.Drulák Introduction Ideas and Power in Central Europe Traditions of International Political Thought Masaryk: A Pragmatic Kantian Dmowski: A Moderate Hobbesian Hodza: A Federalist Lockean Bibó: A Progressive Lockean Kardelj: A Communist Kantian Contradictions of the IR Disciplines Conclusions References PART III: THE QUEST FOR CENTRAL EUROPE: SYMBOLIC GEOGRAPHIES AND HISTORICAL REGIONS; C.Iordachi Introduction Symbolic Geographies and the Historical Regions of Europe Defining Central Europe: In-between 'East' and 'West' Central Europe as a Dissident Concept: The Revival of Discourses on Central Europe in the 1980s 'Nesting Orientalism:' Central Europe and the Balkans Romanian Intellectuals as 'Late-comers' to the Central European Club The Balkans: Central Europe's New 'Constitutive Other'? Conclusion: The Concept of Central Europe - a Tool for Comparison Endnotes References PART IV: IS CENTRAL EUROPE A REGION? A VIEW FROM OUTSIDE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD; T.J.Volgy , J.P.Rhamey & E.Fausett Introduction 'Region-ness' An Alternative Conceptualization: 'Neighbourhood-ness' How do we Know if Central Europe is a Neighbourhood? Recognition Through Institutional Signature Substantial Economic Interactions Substantial Political Interactions Substantial Policy Preference Similarity Which States are in the Neighbourhood? Conclusion Endnotes References PART V: AUSTRIA AND CENTRAL EUROPE; P.Luif Introduction Austria until the End of the Cold War Austria After the Cold War Political Relations with Central European Neighbours Austria's Position in Europe Attempts at Multilateral Co-operation Problems in the Bilateral Relations with the Central European Neighbours Attitudes Towards the Neighbouring Countries Economic Relations with the Central European Neighbours Conclusion Endnotes References PART VI: GERMANY AND CENTRAL EUROPE 2011: A DIFFERENTIATED DYNAMIC INSTEAD OF MITTELEUROPA; V.Handl Introduction Living with Asymmetry and Differentiation A New Institutional Basis of Bilateral and Regional Relations Historization vs. Instrumentalization of the Past The EU as the Core Agenda in German-CE Relations The CE EU-Presidencies The Security and Defence Policy and the U.S./Russian Dichotomy Conclusions Endnotes References PART VII: RUSSIA AT THE BORDERS OF CENTRAL EUROPE: CHANGING DYNAMICS IN FOREIGN POLICY RELATIONS; M.R.Freire Introduction Russian Federation Foreign Policy: Multi-vectoral and Pragmatic The Russian Federation's Relations with Central Europe Political and Institutional Developments: Socialization Versus Resistance Security and Defence Realignments: Building Fences or Fostering Co-operative Approaches? Changing Dynamics in the Russian Federation's Relations with Central Europe: Energy Politics at Centre Stage Bilateral Relations The Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic: Fostering Good Neighbourly Relations Poland The Czech Republic The Russian Federation's Views on Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia: Pragmatic Interdependence Conclusion Endnotes References PART VIII: THE UNITED STATES AND CENTRAL EUROPE: PRINCIPLES AND PRAGMATISM IN THE EVOLVING PARTNERSHIP; T.J.Resler Introduction What's in a Name? How Central is Central Europe? Democratic Peace More Democratic Peace A 'New' Policy? Hopes Dashed? Conclusion Endnotes References PART IX: SECURITY AND SECURITIZATION IN CENTRAL EUROPE; V.Strítecký Introduction Atlanticism in Central Europe Atlanticist Manifestations Consensus Engagement Motivation Energy Security in Central Europe Threat Perception in Central Europe Conclusion Endnotes References PART X: ETHNIC DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT IN CENTRAL EUROPE; P.Roter Introduction National Minorities as a Transnational Issue in Central Europe International Legal-institutional Framework for Diversity Management Minority Protection after World War I: To 'Civilise' Central and Eastern Europe Post-Cold War Minority Protection: Universal Minority Rights to Prevent Conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe Some Practical Effects of New Minority Standards in Central Europe Conclusion Endnotes References PART XI: THE VISEGRAD GROUP ON THE THRESHOLD OF ITS THIRD DECADE: A CENTRAL EUROPEAN HUB?; M.Koran Introduction Points of Departure The Long Journey from 'Four' to a 'Group' Historical Context and Points of Departure Political Determination and Support Flexibility and the 'Art of Disagreeing' Quasi-Institutionalization and Inner Co-operation The Substance of the Co-operation and Strategic Goals Focusing, Prioritizing and Extending Self-Confidence and a Broader Responsibility The Visegrad Group as 'Central Europe'? V4 and the region Conclusion Endnotes References PART XII: EUROPEANIZATION OF FOREIGN POLICY: WHITHER CENTRAL EUROPE?; J.Bátora Introduction Europeanization of Foreign Policy: A Learning Perspective Europeanization of Polish Foreign Policy: Rhetoric of National Interests and Reality of Continuous EU-harmonization Europeanization of Czech Foreign Policy: From Harmonization with CFSP to a Quest for Czech National Interests Europeanization of Slovak Foreign Policy: From CFSP Harmonization to Uncompromising Foreign Policy Standpoints Europeanization of Hungarian Foreign Policy: A Nexus Between 'European Orientation' and Self-centeredness Europeanization of Slovenian Foreign Policy: Steady CFSP-harmonization and No Capacity for National Interests Conclusion Endnotes References PART XIII: POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CENTRAL EUROPE; A.Kuncic & J.suSterSic Introduction Theoretical Framework Institutions and Varieties of Capitalism Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Convergence of Institutions in Central Europe and Varieties of Capitalism Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Conclusions Endnotes References PART XIV: CENTRAL EUROPE AND THE BALKANS: SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR; Z.sabic & A.Freyberg-Inan Introduction Central Europe and the Balkans in the Literature International Organizations and Multilateral Initiatives Shared Across the Regions: The International Institutional Context The V-4, Slovenia, and the Balkans The Balkans in the Foreign Policy Agendas of Central European States Economic Interconnections Conclusion Endnotes References PART XV: CENTRAL EUROPE FACING 'EASTERN EUROPE': SYMPHONY OR CACOPHONY?; S.Ananicz & R.Sadowski Introduction CE States' Approaches towards Eastern Europe Poland Hungary Slovakia The Czech Republic Slovenia Central Europe as a Group Shaping the EU's Eastern Policy Divergent Approaches to Eastern Europe Conclusions Endnotes References PART XVI: CONCLUSIONS: INSTITUTIONS, GEOGRAPHY AND UNCERTAINTY; P.Drulák & Z.sabic Endnotes References
Focused on the role of Central Europe in international politics at the turn of the 20th century, the authors take stock of the knowledge about the discipline of IR, enhance the visibility of scholars from Central Europe, and fill the void which has emerged after several researches on Central Europe were completed in the 1990s.

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