In Policy Report 38, Dr. Kai-Olaf Lang, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow and Senior Associate at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, examines the European and American policies vis-à-vis Russia and the post-Soviet space over the past decade. Dr. Lang focuses his analysis on the “in-between states,” such as Ukraine, Georgia, and Belarus, situated between the overlapping European, American, and Russian interests, and examines whether or not the U.S. and Europe are pursuing conflicting objectives with regard to Russia.

Five years after the EU’s 2004 enlargement, former DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Kai-Olaf Lang looks at the early results of this eastern expansion and concludes that the positives outweigh the many negatives that have come out of it. Dr. Lang writes that a more consistent enlargement policy will enable the EU to export stability to its fringes, something that will benefit all of its members.