Europe and South Caucasus

Europe and South Caucasus

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The three South Caucasus countries have taken different routes towards integration into the European Union. The different approaches obstruct a common action for further integration into the EU.

Public Debates on "Europe and South Caucasus"

“How can we avoid the threats that we face in the next two weeks? How can we protect democracy in our country?” As these questions were raised, neither the author, nor the speakers of the discussion and the public could imagine that this question'd become critical with the background of pre-election events.

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Web-dossier

Georgian aspirations towards NATO and the EU specifically, and Europe in general, are likely to play an important role in the upcoming Georgian elections, scheduled for the 8th of October. In anticipation of the July 8-9 NATO Summit in Warsaw, hbs explores the significance of NATO-Georgia relations & the question of sovereignty for small states in the context of security.

Politics in the South Caucasus region cannot be viewed in isolation from developments worldwide and especially in the context of economic contest and tensions among the “great powers” active in the broader European, Middle East and Eurasian region. Decrease in prices on fossil fuel resources, fight over the routes of delivery of energy resources to the Western markets and struggle for political domination over the nations of weak/fragile sovereignty are manifested in a number of conflicts and social-economic and political turmoil taking place in these nations.

Nationals of many Western and non-Western countries are joining the IS cause and those that survive the fight will bring home with them extensive battle experience and new ideas about social and political life. The danger to peace and civic order, and the growing influence of this quasi-religious military movement casts shadow over the South Caucasus, which is not at all far from IS-held territory.

On 24 April 2015, Armenia and the Armenian Diaspora around the world commemorate the centennial of the Genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915. While the world outside Armenia is not unified around the idea of recognition of the Genocide as such, perspectives on dealing with this tragic past and the ways of reaching out to the world vary in Armenia too. Here the reader can find a series of brief observations on political, cultural and social aspects of the given issue by alumni of HBF Regional Scholarship Programme: Mr. Mikael Zolyan, Ms. Izabella Sargsyan, Ms. Lusine Kharatyan and Ms. Satenik Mkrtchyan.

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Since a controversial decision to sacrifice an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of joining the then-Customs Union, Armenia has gradually comes to terms with its new, more limited position.

With the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) approaching on November 28-29, 2013, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) aims to give insiders’ views on state of Armenia's, Azerbaijan's and Georgia's integration into the European community.

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Die Olympischen Spiele in Sotschi haben ein mehr oder weniger friedliches Ende gefunden. Seit der Eröffnungszeremonie am Freitag, den 07. Februar 2014 hatte sich der öffentliche Diskurs in den westlichen Medien gewandelt.

With the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius (Lithuania) approaching on November 28-29, 2013, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) aims to give insiders’ views on state of Armenia's, Azerbaijan's and Georgia's integration into the European community.

Projects and Events

(ongoing project) Strategies for Armenian-Georgian Cooperation through Academia and Student Inclusion is the project supported by the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation and implemented by Hazarashen Center for Ethnological Studies in cooperation with the Center of Civilization and Cultural Studies and Association of Anthropologists of Georgia.

Georgian NGO Coalition (TI Georgia, ISFED, GYLA, Green Alternative, CSRDG) presents Report on the Implementation of Georgia’s European Neighbourhood Action Plan (2009). The purpose of this report is to provide an analysis of the Georgian Government’s implementation of the ENP Action Plan.

The purpose of this policy paper is to draft a proposal on the reform of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) towards the EU’s Eastern neighbours. This policy paper will explain why the EU needs a comprehensive regional dimension of its Eastern neighbourhood policy; identify the flaws in the existing framework and suggest recommendations for its improvement.

After the Prague Summit of May 2009 the relationship between the EU and its eastern neighbor countries have entered new grounds.

Introduction

The perception of the EU in the South Caucasus has changed significantly since summer 2008 when then President of the Council of the EU, Nicolas Sarkozy, brokered the cease fire agreement between Russia and Georgia.