The EU's Eastern Partnership: normative or geopolitical power projection?


Valiyeva K.

EASTERN JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES, cilt.7, ss.11-29, 2016 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 7 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Dergi Adı: EASTERN JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN STUDIES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.11-29

Özet

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.