Synergies vs. Spheres of Influence in the Pan-European Space

CEPS Paperbacks, 2009

104 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2009

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Michael Emerson

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Arianna Checchi

Central European University (CEU)

Noriko Fujiwara

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Ludmila Gajdosova

affiliation not provided to SSRN

George Gavrilis

Columbia University

Elena Gnedina

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 22, 2009

Abstract

This report investigates whether and how the European Union, in its policies towards Russia, the Eastern partner countries and Central Asia, might build stronger common programmes and projects across these three political ‘spaces’. The aim would be to secure synergies between actions that are presently segmented between these three regions, and especially to induce Russia to become a genuinely cooperative positive-sum game player in the wider European neighborhood, rather than to continue its efforts to rebuild the former Soviet Union space as its sphere of influence. With this aim in mind, this report examines various policy sectors for the opportunities they present for cooperative action between the EU, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The tantalizing idea is that the current global financial and economic crisis might become the tipping point to set in motion a change of strategic attitudes and thence a cascade of cooperative actions of the kinds outlined in this report.

Keywords: EU Neighbourhood, Foreign and Security Policy, EU-Russian relations

Suggested Citation

Emerson, Michael and Checchi, Arianna and Fujiwara, Noriko and Gajdosova, Ludmila and Gavrilis, George and Gnedina, Elena, Synergies vs. Spheres of Influence in the Pan-European Space (April 22, 2009). CEPS Paperbacks, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1393749

Michael Emerson (Contact Author)

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Arianna Checchi

Central European University (CEU)

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Noriko Fujiwara

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

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Belgium

Ludmila Gajdosova

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George Gavrilis

Columbia University ( email )

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Elena Gnedina

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