Janusz Bugajski

Janusz Bugajski

Janusz Bugajski is the Director of the New European Democracies Project, holder of the Lavrentis Lavrentiadis Chair in South East European Studies, and Senior Fellow in the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He has served as consultant for various US organizations and government agencies and chairs the South Central Europe area studies program at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), US Department of State, as a contractor. He is a regular contributor to various US and European newspapers and journals. His recent books include Georgian Lessons: Conflicting Russian and Western Interests in the Wider Europe (2010); Dismantling the West: Russia’s Atlantic Agenda (2009); America’s New European Allies (2009); Expanding Eurasia: Russia’s European Ambitions (2008); Atlantic Bridges: America’s New European Allies (2007), Cold Peace: Russia’s New Imperialism (2004), and Political Parties of Eastern Europe: A Guide to Politics in the Post-Communist Era (2002).


When Vladimir Putin returned to Russia’s Presidency in May 2012, the Kremlin began to intensify its pressure on the former Soviet republics to participate in its integrationist projects. Ukraine became the keyprize in Kremlin plans to recombine the former Soviet republics in a Moscow-centred dominion styled as the “Eurasia Union”.


The future of the Visegrád initiative has not been a hot topic in either Washington or Brussels. Indeed, even those policy makers and politicians who know something about the Visegrád Group (V4) have no strong opinion about its past, present, or future. They do not view it either as a