The EU’s Eastern Partnership: Normative or Geopolitical Power Projection?
Kamala Valiyeva ()
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Kamala Valiyeva: Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2016, vol. 7(2), pages 11-29
This paper examines the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative through the lens of theoretical debate between constructivist and rationalist approaches with a specific focus on the normative and geopolitical dimensions of the EU’s power projection in a specific region. In doing so the paper aims to determine whether the initiative is a pursuit of the EU’s interests in the post-Soviet area and an attempt to weaken Russia’s traditional great power potential in the region or a policy to enhance regional stability through the promotion of fundamental European values which serves as a framework for democratic institution-building in partner countries. This paper argues that the EU’s ambivalent actorness in this particular post-Soviet region, which is shaped both by value considerations and self-interest concerns, while lacking a strategic coherence, constitutes a fundamental reason behind a policy failure.
Keywords: European Union; normative power; geopolitical power; Eastern Partnership; value-based transformation; post-Soviet countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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