Background and relevance Foreseeable changes in political geography will increase the European Union's exposure to security threats from the South Caucasus. If negotiations due to commence with Turkey in October 2005 reach a successful conclusion, the E U will directly border Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Already in 2007, after the accession of Bulgaria and Romania, the Union and the South Caucasus will share maritime borders in the Black Sea. EU interests in stabilising the region will grow accordingly. Moreover, the EU has significant economic interests in the region.
The EU is already a significant player in the South Caucasus. It has elaborated various policy instruments that are or can be made relevant for regional security engagements. However, most of these instruments have been designed to fulfil specific purposes and not as elements of an integrated South Caucasus strategy.
Scientific aim: The project is based on the recognition that policy instruments within the European Neighbourhood Policy as well as EU accession and co-operation partnerships must be co-ordinated in order to influence conflict resolution and security-building in the South Caucasus. So far, little academic research has been carried out on this subject. The project therefore aims at elaborating advice on integrating and co-ordinating these areas of EU policy towards the three South Caucasus countries, Russia and Turkey in line with an overarching conceptual framework. It will make recommendations on specific areas of co-operation that facilitate regional security building. On this basis, the project will develop policy advice for the implementation work of EU on-site operations. Versatile added value As well as developing the aforesaid policy advice, the project will bring first-rate South Caucasus security expertise to the ERA. Along the same lines, it will help to strengthen the working ties between a leading European think tank and its South Caucasus counterpart.
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