Europe and South Caucasus

Europe and South Caucasus

Armenian-Georgian Neighborhood: same directions or diverging paths?

Georgia and Armenia have strived to establish good neighborhood policy throughout centuries. There has been neighborly competition over certain issues but during the last two decades, governments of these countries have taken steps to develop joint initiatives in cultural, economic and political spheres. The South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation supports the regional dialogue between these two countries. Therefore, this time, the Office has called on renowned political scientists and analysts Mr.George Tarkhan-Mouravi, Mr. Arsen Khratyan and Mr. Davit Hovhannisyan to reflect on Armenia-Georgia relations taken into account that nowadays these states are part of different political and economic projects.

Public Debates on "Europe and South Caucasus"

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Fait Accompli

On July 13-14, the 14th International Conference “Georgia’s European Way” will take place in Batumi. The event enables an important exchange and a joint discussion among government and civil society actors from Georgia and its partner countries on progress achieved and challenges remaining on the former’s road to European integration. We present an in-depth analysis of these perspectives in Ivane Chkhikvadze’s telling article.
By Vano Chkhikvadze

Web-Dossier: Georgia's Euro-Atlantic Vector on the Eve of the NATO Summit

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.

Oil Geopolitics in the South Caucasus

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.

Web-Dossier: A Glance at the Islamic State from afar: Islam and Politics in the South Caucasus

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.

The Gordian Knot of Non-recognized Crime: Perspectives on Armenian Genocide Centennial from Within

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.

Projects and Events

The Reform of the European Neighborhood Policy

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.

Introduction

Europe and South Caucasus

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.