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In Osteuropa 3-4/2017

“Ostpolitik” is Security Policy for the Whole of Europe
A Response to Dembinski & Spanger

Jan C. Behrends

Deutsche Fassung


The concept of “plural peace” is misleading. It will bring neither security nor peace, but will instead again divide Europe and create greater instability. We do not need a Russia policy that rewards Russia’s flouting of the law, but a European and Atlantic-based “Ostpolitik”, a policy towards the east, which promotes security in the region and contains Russia without isolating it. The “constrainment” approach will defend international law and the sovereignty of states, including those in Eastern Europe.

(Osteuropa 3-4/2017, pp. 135–142)