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Dieter Boden

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German diplomat who headed the OSCE/ODIHR Mission to observe the presidential elections in Georgia in 2008. As an Ambassador he headed the German OSCE Representation in Vienna from 2002 to 2005. From 1999-2002, he acted as the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Georgia. In 1995 he became Head of the OSCE Mission in Georgia and, from 1999 to 2002, went back to the Caucasus as UN Special Representative to the Secretary General in Georgia and Head of UNOMIG. Dr. Boden is now an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the University of Potsdam. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Philology from Hamburg University.

14.06.2016

Why German-Russian relations could be on the mend

Why German-Russian relations could be on the mend

After having reached a new low in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine in 2014, German-Russian relations show cautious signs of improving by the end of the year

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29.03.2016

Steinmeier's Moscow visit is good sign, but it shouldn't mislead

Steinmeier's Moscow visit is good sign, but it shouldn't mislead

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier's Moscow talks should be seen in a broader international context. In a best-case scenario, they may give some new impetus to resuming a meaningful political dialogue between Russia and the West.

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23.07.2014

The crash of MH17 might lead to a crash in German-Russian relations

The crash of MH17 might lead to a crash in German-Russian relations

Germany is increasingly in doubt on how to deal with Russia as a political partner. An approach that worked during the Cold War era no longer seems to be working

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02.04.2014

If you thought Germany has given up on Russia, you’d be wrong

If you thought Germany has given up on Russia, you’d be wrong

While Germany may be more cautious about engaging with Russia after events in Crimea, the future stability of the European continent requires that Germany once again find a common ground with its eastern neighbor

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04.11.2013

Georgian presidential elections: What comes after Saakashvili?

Georgian presidential elections: What comes after Saakashvili?

Not much is known about Margvelashvili, but he appears willing to consider Georgian-Russian relations from a rational rather than emotional perspective, even when it comes to the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

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06.08.2013

Can Georgia’s breakaway republics make a clean break?

Can Georgia’s breakaway republics make a clean break?

Five years after the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, what has really changed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia?

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