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The European Union's Policy towards Central Asia and South Caucasus: a Coherent Strategy? Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance Papers 1/2012

Aubert, Laurène (2012) The European Union's Policy towards Central Asia and South Caucasus: a Coherent Strategy? Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance Papers 1/2012. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    In 2007 the European Union (EU) launched the Eastern Partnership, including the South Caucasus, while simultaneously addressing Central Asia through a “Strategy for a New Partnership”. As the EU strategy towards Central Asia and South Caucasus (CASC) is being implemented and the Lisbon Treaty has given more tools for the EU to achieve greater coherence in its foreign policy, the question arises to what extent the EU’s strategy in the region is indeed coherent. Until now, the EU has not introduced any hierarchy between its objectives, but implements programmes and initiatives at various levels, thus making its strategy neither fully coherent nor sufficiently visible. If the EU wants its growing involvement to be translated into a bigger impact in CASC it has to achieve more coherence in its policy for and in that region. This paper provides both an analysis of the (in)coherence of the EU’s policy in the region and some recommendations on how coherence could be further improved.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Additional Information: BRIGG Papers: Joint working paper series of the EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department at the College of Europe and the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Bruges.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > Central Asia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Caucasus
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Eastern Partnership
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > College of Europe (Brugge) > Bruges Regional Integration & Global Governance (BRIGG) Papers
    Depositing User: Ms Léonie Maes
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 16:55
    Number of Pages: 30
    Last Modified: 09 May 2012 16:55
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33494

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