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Moldovan-Russian relations in the context of European versus Eurasian integration processes


Author: TCACI Anatoli
Degree:doctor of political Sciences
Speciality: 23.00.04 - Theory and History of International Relations and Global Development
Year:2021
Scientific adviser: Svetlana Cebotari
doctor, associate professor (docent)
Institution: Moldova State University

Status

The thesis was presented on the 19 February, 2021 at the meeting of the Scientific Council and now it is under consideration of the National Council.

Abstract

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Thesis

CZU 327[(478+(470+571)](043.3)

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204 pages


Keywords

Moldovan-Russian relations, foreign policy, integration process, international system, foreign policy strategy, strategic partnership, national interest, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, European Union, Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Union

Summary

Moldovan-Russian relations in the context of European versus Eurasian integration processes”, PhD thesis in political science, Chisinau, 2021. PhD thesis structure: introduction, four chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography that consists of 326 works, 4 annexes, 155 pages of the main text. The obtained results are published in 12 scientific works. Keywords: Moldovan-Russian relations, foreign policy, integration process, international system, foreign policy strategy, strategic partnership, national interest, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, European Union, Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Union. The purpose of the thesis: consists in investigation the state and assess the potential of Moldovan-Russian relations in the context of existing integration associations of the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union and to determine a strategic approach to the implementation of the foreign policy of the Republic of Moldova in the new geopolitical realities. Research objectives: analysis of foreign historiography of the study of Moldovan -Russian relations in the context of the processes of European and Eurasian integration; analysis of Moldavian historiography of the study of Moldovan-Russian relations in the context of the processes of European and Eurasian integration; identification of the relationship between the theoretical and conceptual foundations of foreign policy, the integration process and the international system; analysis of the research methodology of the Moldovan-Russian relations in the context of the processes of European and Eurasian integration; study of the political and legal framework for bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation; identify the specifics of reconfiguration of the foreign policy of the Republic of Moldova as part of the process of European integration and relations with the Russian Federation and the CIS; determination of the foreign policy strategy for the convergence of interests of the Republic of Moldova in the framework of the processes of European and Eurasian integration; identification of the potential and prospects of the strategic partnership of the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation in the new conditions. Scientific novelty and originality the research „Moldovan-Russian relations in the context of the processes of European versus Eurasian integration”, proceeds from the fact that: for the first time in specialized literature an attempt was made to analyze the process of reconfiguration of the foreign policy of the Republic of Moldova and the evolution of relations with the Russian Federation in the context of integration processes; the degree of influence of the environment of the international system (geopolitical processes) on foreign policy and the potential for the realization of national interest in the conditions of competition between integration associations and centers of power is revealed; presented at the theoretical and conceptual level the relationship of „foreign policy - the process of integration - the international system”, which formed the basis of the proposed „foreign policy strategy o f convergence”. A significant scientific problem has been solved by developing a holistic view of the interdependence of foreign policy and integration processes within the framework of a transforming system of international relations, a fact that in modern geopolitical realities determines the nature and dynamics of bilateral relations between the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation and the direction of foreign policy in the context of integration processes. The degree of influence of environmental factors, centers of power and internal political split in the process of formulating and implementing the foreign policy of the Republic of Moldova was determined. The theoretical significance of the study is to supplement the scientifically sound and reasoned theoretical and methodological foundations of the interdisciplinary nature of the study of international relations and foreign policy; in developing a conceptual framework reflecting the trends of a scientific approach to the study of Moldovan-Russian relations in the context of European and Eurasian integration processes and identifying the interdependence and influence of international processes on the nature of foreign policy; in the formulation of definitions, the scientific argumentation of the relationship between the concepts of „foreign policy”, „integration process”, „international system” and their conditionality; to justify the need to develop foreign policy cooperation with integration associations in the West (European Union) and East (CIS, Eurasian Economic Union), through the proposed „convergence strategy”, which contributes to the development of strategic partnership with the Russian Federation and the implementation of a consolidated national interest. Applied value of the work lies in the presented foreign policy strategy, which is the basis for an expert analysis of specialists from specialized institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and public discussion of the conceptual foundations of foreign policy in modern geopolitical realities. Implementation of scientific results: the work is elaborated at the Doctoral School of Social Sciences of the Moldavian State University.