Marianne Riddervold's lecture discusses the EUs response to Russias annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the impact of increased Russian aggression on the EUs foreign policy more broadly. Functioning as a 'critical juncture', the Ukraine crisis not only sparked sanctions on Russia - it also helped form common EU policies in areas that are not directly related to the Ukraine situation as such, including in the Arctic and in the EU's maritime foreign and security policies. The lecture also explores EU-US relations vis a vis Russia over this conflict. Although initially cooperating closely under Obama, with agreement over sanctions and condemnation of the Russian annexation, there seems to be a weakening of the EU-US relationship under the Trump administration.
Marianne Riddervold is professor in political science at Innlandet School of Business and Social Sciences, research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and senior fellow at the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley. The lecture builds on findings from the monograph "The Maritime Turn in EU Foreign and Security Policies. Aims, Actors and Mechanisms of Integration" (Palgrave, 2018) and a Special issue co-edited with Akasemi Newsome (IES, UC Berkeley) on "Transatlantic relations in times of uncertainty: crises and EU-US relations", in Journal of European Integration, 50(4) from 2018