The EU and Conflict Mitigation in the European Neighborhood

There were six territorial disputes among the EU’s neighbors when the European Neighborhood Policy was launched 12 years ago. None of these has been resolved, and both the Eastern and the Southern neighbors are more unstable and insecure today than they were when the Policy was launched. This article analyses the ENP as a framework for EU involvement in conflict prevention, management and resolution. (PDF) Zuzana Novakova, Roman Petrov

Belarus: Situation In the Field of National Security and Defense as of February 2017

The February protests put the Belarusian authorities in front of a dilemma: to maintain control over the situation in the country, and simultaneously not to escalate repressions that might result in tough reaction from the West. Moscow can take advantage of this situation amid the deterioration in Russia-Belarus relations. (PDF) Andrei Porotnikov

Ukraine Risks Map 2017

Assessment of the Risks Environment for Doing Business in Ukraine. Presentation of statement delivered by Maksym Khylko and Oleksandr Tytarchuk at the OSAC Ukraine Country Council Q1 2017 Meeting “Integrating Resilience into Business and National Strategies”, held in Kyiv, on March 1, 2017. (PDF) Maksym Khylko, Oleksandr Tytarchuk

Ukraine in Crisis: The Economic and Security Consequences for European Union, Ukraine and Russia

EU has to find a way to effectively engage with Russia, facilitate Ukraine’s progressive reforms, prepare for long lasting political and financial commitment to Ukraine and at the same time strictly demand fulfilment of the agreement reached in Minsk. (PDF) Marek Lenč, Martin Kudrec

Attitudes towards European Integration in EaP States: Significance of Elites’ Commitment

The paper examines how the cooperation with the EU has been influencing public sector, legal and economic reforms in EU’s Eastern neighbourhood by means of engaging the local political elites. The developments in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as the situation in Armenia, regarding the perspective for its further participation in the Eastern Partnership, are reviewed. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan

Armenia-Iran vs. Azerbaijan-Israel: Where is Russia?

The South Caucasus region has been seeing polarization as Armenia-Iran vs. Azerbaijan-Israel. The visits by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to Baku, Azerbaijan, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Yerevan, Armenia in December, 2016 are indicative of the polarization. Where is Russia, the elephant in the room? What are the implications of the polarization for Russia? (PDF) Rahim Rahimov