Licinia Simão & Maria Raquel Freire – The EU’s Neighborhood Policy and the South Caucasus: Unfolding New Patterns of Cooperation

This paper looks at the European Union process of engagement in the South Caucasus in the context of its Neighborhood Policy. It looks at how divergent perceptions of the region impact on regional policy choices, with an emphasis on regional cooperation. It is 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, framing in a wider format regional bounds, while maximizing them in new cooperation frames, inverting the tendency for imposed labels and uncooperative stances in the area.

Simão, L., & Freire, M. R. (2008). The EU’s Neighborhood Policy and the South Caucasus: Unfolding New Patterns of Cooperation. Caucasian Review of International Affairs, 2(4), 47-61.

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