Europeanizing or Securitizing the 'outsiders'? Assessing the EU's partnership-building approach with Eastern Europe

Lead Research Organisation: Aberystwyth University
Department Name: International Politics


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Korosteleva E (2011) The Eastern Partnership Initiative: A New Opportunity for Neighbours? in Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics

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Korosteleva E (2011) Belarusian Foreign Policy in a Time of Crisis in Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics

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Korosteleva E (2009) Was There a Quiet Revolution? Belarus After the 2006 Presidential Election in Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics

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Korosteleva E (2010) Moldova's European Choice: 'Between Two Stools'? in Europe-Asia Studies

Description The project investigates the effectiveness of the European Neighbourhood Policy, and the Eastern Partnership in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova, with the EU and Russia's added perspectives. The study is based on extensive empirical fieldwork conducted in the EU and Eastern Europe (EE), including the analysis of published data and interviews with officials in the EU, and nation-wide surveys, expert interviews, focus-groups and the study of school essays in the EE, to gauge the effectiveness of EU policies in the region.

Our research reveals two-level tensions.

First, it has transpired that conceptually the EU has limited uniform awareness of what it is trying to promote in the EE under the aegis of 'shared values', 'collective norms' and 'joint ownership'. Not only is there a discrepancy in the EU's own rhetoric owing to its multi-actorness and the lack of strategy; there is also an evident clash of EU vision of 'good governance' with what the neighbours perceive to be such, stemming from their own unique historical experiences and cultural traditions.

Second, empirically, the EU favours a 'top-down' governance approach (based on rule transfer/conditionality) in its relations with neighbours, which is clearly at odds with a voluntary idea of partnership, and which limits the input of 'the other' in the process of reform. Consequently, without the process of 'othering' entailing equivalence of relations, the EU often encounters a lack of commitment and even resistance to reform, which impedes the policy's efficiency and requires further revision of EU approach to partnership-building in the region.
Exploitation Route This research assists policy-making processes with background information and specific recommendations.

It also helps to broaden publc understanding of the nature of the EU as a tranformative force, and its strong points and weaknesses. The results of this project inform academic and policy-making communities of users, and could be broadly exploited in scholarly understanding of EU foreign policies and external relations, and also as a guide of recommendations for improving the effectiveness of the EU policies.
Sectors Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Other

Description Partnership with East European scholars across four countries 
Organisation Moscow State University
Country Russian Federation 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Partnership included distinguished scholarly teams from Moscow State University; Belarusian State University; Ukrainian Academy of Science and Independent Information Service 'Opinia' in Moldova
Start Year 2008
Description BBC Radio (Four; and Wales) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The PI has had regular engagements offering commentary on EU foreign policy and internal changes, including the Eurozone crisis.Media engagements included:

- BBC Radio Wales, Good Morning Wales, 19 June 2012

- BBC Radio Four, World Tonight, 19 April 2012

- BBC Radio Wales Roundtable Phone-in debate, 12 December 2011

- BBC Radio Wales, Good Evening Wales, 9 December 2011

- Interview with a Chinese magazine Sanlian Life weekly , 2011

- Hurriyet Daily News, 2 November 2011

- BBC Radio Wales, Good Morning Wales: 19 August 2011

- Institute of State Ideologies: 2011

- BBC Service Ukraine: September 2010

- Rosbalt: 30 July 2010

- EurActiv: 14 June 2010

- Office for a Democratic Belarus, Brussels: 11 April 2010
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010