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EU Policy in the South Causasus: A View from Azerbaijan. CEPS Working Document No. 272, 2 July 2007

Nuriyev, Elkhan. (2007) EU Policy in the South Causasus: A View from Azerbaijan. CEPS Working Document No. 272, 2 July 2007. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Since the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU in January 2007, the South Caucasus has become a region of direct concern to the EU's strategy in its wider neighbourhood. This study examines the trends affecting EU policies in the South Caucasus, with a specific focus on EU-Azerbaijan relations. It argues that in the three main areas in which Azerbaijan affects Europe's interests - cooperation in the energy sector, democratisation and conflict resolution - so far the EU has engaged well on a regional energy strategy, but less so on democratic reforms and almost not at all on conflict settlement in Nagorno Karabakh. The study concludes that the EU needs to balance its involvement in all three areas, especially given the deeper democratic changes it wishes to see in Azerbaijan, with a list of recommendations for doing so.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Crisis management.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Caucasus
    Countries > Azerbaijan
    EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > human rights & democracy initiatives
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:48
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7544

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