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Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ” Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union. ”Eastern neighbourhood”: Strategic regions on the Eastern flank of the Union Black Sea region Southern Caucasus Eastern European security perimeter of the Union

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Reasons and prospects of eu crisis management in the eastern neighbourhood of the union
Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ”Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union

”Eastern neighbourhood”: Strategic regions on the Eastern flank of the Union

  • Black Sea region

  • Southern Caucasus

    Eastern European security perimeter of the Union

    Similarly to the Balkans: area of primary European responsibility for security, democratisation and stabilisation


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Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ”Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union

Reasons for EU interests in its Eastern neighbourhood

  • EU MS of the Black sea

  • Turkey as candidate

  • European external energy security

  • Near abroad of both the EU and Russia


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Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ”Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union

European Security Strategy (2003): the EU ”surrounded by well governed states” = “European zone of peace and stability”.

Protracted conflicts in the Eastern neighbourhood as sustained sources of insecurity and instability – Transdnistria, South-Ossetia, Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabah


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Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ”Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union

European method of pacification (absorption + transformation): NOT applicable without the prospect of EU membership

If not through inclusion into the Union, then by means of conflict resolution = engagement in crisis management and structural prevention outside the EU


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Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ”Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union

European lessons from the resolution and supervision of conflict settlements in the Balkans:

  • mediated and designed settlements

  • State- and

  • Peace-(re)construction

  • implementation of agreements with international guarantees

  • peace support operations (security assistance and enforcement)


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Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ”Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union

“Frozen” separatist and ethnic conflicts in the Eastern neighbouhood of the EU:

  • opportunities for another application of the “Balkan recipe” of EU engagement

  • political, military and policing experience of the Union

  • phased and sustained engagements in the Balkans


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Reasons and prospects of EU crisis management in the ”Eastern neighbourhood” of the Union

  • “Dormant” or “frozen” conflicts in the Eastern neighbourhood -constructive and complex international engagements and arrangements

  • Full range of available efforts and means of crisis settlement and post-conflict reconstruction by the EU in concert with NATO

  • New Transatlantic entente?


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