Mathias Roth

Mathias Roth
Address: St Edmund s College
Mount Pleasant
Cambridge CB3 0BN
United Kingdom
E-Mail: mail [at]


The role of the new EU member states in European foreign policy towards Russia and Ukraine

The research project analyses the role of the new EU member states in the making of European foreign policy (EFP) towards Russia and Ukraine. Even before the May 2004 enlargement, several of the acceding countries expressed a strong interest in the EU’s Ostpolitik, in particular regarding relations with Russia and Ukraine. Following their accession to the EU, several new member states have to varying degrees attempted to influence the EU’s Eastern policy. In particular, Warsaw expressed strong preferences regarding policy towards Russia and Ukraine, which to a certain extent diverged from the EU’s established policy line. The dissertation seeks to examine the role of the new member states in EFP towards Russia and Ukraine in terms of their policy priorities and their influence on EFP. For this purpose, the project adopts a policy-making approach and draws on a number of theoretically-informed research questions to analyse the interaction of the new member states in the policy-making process. The main focus is on the positions taken by the new member states, their strategic behaviour in the decision-making process and the potential influence on EFP in line with their policy priorities. For this purpose, the dissertation adopts a process-tracing methodology to analyse the contribution of the new member states to the policy-making process across a number of case studies. The case studies are drawn from policy fields, in which the new member states have expressed strong preferences and which are of central importance to EU-Russia / EU-Ukraine relations. The case studies include, for example, European democracy promotion policy and the EU’s intervention in the ‘Orange Revolution’, European external energy policy and negotiations on the new framework agreements with Russia and Ukraine. In terms of data collection, the project employs a triangulation of sources including interviews with EU and member states officials, council documents, policy papers and similar material. In addition to extensive field research in several Central and Eastern European capitals, the project comprises a sojourn in Warsaw at the Center for International Relations (CSM) and at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels.







Mathias Roth (*1979) graduated from the University of Dresden in 2003 with a B.A. in International Relations. As part of his degree, he also studied Russian foreign policy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Before embarking on his ongoing doctoral studies, Mr Roth obtained an MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005.

Mr Roth has acquired work experience in the European Commission’s DG Enlargement in the framework of the Carlo-Schmid Programme. In 2004 he was in charge of setting up joint German-Russian degree programmes as the representative of the Free University of Berlin in Moscow. He further completed internships at Transparency International Switzerland, the DAAD Moscow branch office and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Moscow.

His studies have been supported by the German National Academic Foundation, the Haniel Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the EFSPS programme.

Besides his native German, Mr Roth speaks English, Russian, French and intermediate Spanish. Currently, he is struggling to pick up some Polish.

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