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Bystanders in its neighbourhood? : the European Union's involvement in protracted conflicts in the Post-Soviet space

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Siddi, Marco; Gaweda, Barbara

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Corporate Editor Institut für Europäische Politik e.V. (IEP)
Abstract "Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, there remains a number of protracted conflicts, within and between the successor states, concerning irredentist entities. This article examines four cases of such de facto states, the self-proclaimed republics of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria. After reviewing the genesis and geopolitical significance of these conflicts, the article focuses on the role of the European Union in conflict resolution. We argue that the EU plays a marginal role in all the protracted conflicts. Based on an analysis of its recent policies, we claim that the Union will maintain a low profile in the foreseeable future." (author's abstract)
Keywords EU; conflict management; international relations; neughborhood policy; Eastern Europe; USSR successor state; security policy
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy; European Politics
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages 24 p.
Series IEP Policy Papers on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works