Russia has initiated more treaties than any other country and the majority of these treaties exist between Russia and the different nations that comprise the post-Soviet space. Russia’s treaty activism has post-Soviet integration with Russian domination as its ultimate object. This paper examines the most important Russian-led treaty-based integration projects affecting the post-Soviet space, and analyzes the nature of the challenges that affect them. I examine how these projects, especially Moscow’s goal of a Russian-led Eurasian Union, conflict with the European Union’s Eastern Partnership initiative. I outline how Russia’s aggressive behavior and history of failing to honor its international obligations ultimately inhibits its ability to secure regional cooperation. Putin seeks modernization and global influence through the creation of a Eurasian Union. His forceful tactics, however, fail to take into account the complicated new political world, one in which modernization requires the recognition and respect of ‘Western’ values.
Ross Gower is a recent graduate of the Common Law program of the University of Ottawa, in Canada, having received his Juris Doctor (JD) in May, 2014. While completing his JD he took part in an international exchange at the University of Graz, where he focused on international law and human rights. He also holds a Combined Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University, where he also completed two years of graduate work focusing on ancient and medieval philosophy. Previous to his work in law, Ross received two prestigious national scholarships granted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to pursue both master’s work and doctoral studies. He has published and presented articles on numerous topics ranging from Aristotle’s Metaphysics to Kantian and Hegelian conceptions of the philosophy of history. Ross also acts as a Researcher of the Syrian conflict for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity in Ottawa, Canada.