Foreign activity (paradiplomacy) of local governments is one of the elements of Polish foreign policy, changing the traditional approach to foreign policy and diplomacy in our country. Paradiplomacy is an activity that is parallel and complementary to the classic understanding of diplomacy and which is implemented by the government. This paper presents the results of several investigations concerning foreign activity of Polish local and regional governments in the Kaliningrad Region (Oblast). From the geopolitical point of view, the Oblast constitutes for Poland an important region. In particular, the intensive cooperation between the Warmia and Mazury Region (Voivodeship) and the Kaliningrad Region which form the Polish-Russian borderland. Relatively intense relations have been established between the Kaliningrad Region and Pomeranian and Podlaskie Regions (Voivodeships). For the Polish side, the development of this type of relations with Russia, and especially with the Kaliningrad Region, was and still is part of a peaceful transformation of this part of Europe.
The main objective of the book is a multi-aspect analysis of the functioning of the Kaliningrad Region in contemporary political reality, both in internal and international dimensions.
The area constitutes a unique enclave in contemporary Europe, being the only part of Russia separated from the mother country, which determines the taking place therein in the dimension of relations: bilateral, multilateral (e.g. EU - Russia, NATO - Russia, Baltic Sea Region cooperation) as well as regional and local cooperation. The book is a result of many years’ work of scientists from Poland, Russia and Sweden, who have been researching the functioning of the Kaliningrad Region in internal and external dimensions.
“It is a ‘must to read’ volume for all EU-Russia observers and experts.” - Prof. Dr. Piotr Dutkiewicz, Director of the Center for Governance and Public Management, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
“It is an invaluable guide to analysing and understanding contemporary Russia.” - Prof. Dr. Jaroslav Dvorak, Head of the Department of Public Administration and Political Sciences, Klaipėda University, Klaipėda, Lithuania