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The EU’s Neighborhood Policy and the South Caucasus: Unfolding New Patterns of Cooperation

Author(s): Licínia Simão | Maria Raquel Freire

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 225;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: European Neighborhood Policy | South Caucasus | security complexes | regional cooperation | Wider Black Sea

This paper looks at the European Union (EU) process of engagement in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) in the context of its Neighborhood Policy. It looks at how divergent perceptions of the region, both inwards and outwards-driven, impact on regional policy choices, with an emphasis on regional cooperation. Though these states remark on the outlived usefulness of artificial framings, and regional cooperation among the three is virtually non-existent, when engaged in larger and wide-ranging formats, cooperation might not only be possible, but fruitful. It is therefore argued that regional cooperation should overcome the artificially constructed “South Caucasus” regional label and unfold along different patterns and variable compositions. The paper advances the proposal for a Eurasian/Black Sea security complex
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