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Azerbaijan’s Foreign Policy Strategies and the European Union: Successful resistance and pursued influence

Van Gils, Eske (2018) Azerbaijan’s Foreign Policy Strategies and the European Union: Successful resistance and pursued influence. Europe-Asia Studies, 70 . pp. 738-758. ISSN 0966-8136. E-ISSN 1465-3427. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2018.1479733) (KAR id:67204)

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Abstract

In recent years, Azerbaijan has positioned itself on the international scene as an increasingly important and assertive actor. This essay focuses on Azerbaijan’s relations with the European Union (EU). It will identify the policy strategies used by Azerbaijan to engage with the EU in two areas where their interests and objectives do not align, namely democracy and human rights promotion policies, and agenda-setting of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The essay highlights, first, the relevance of national independence, ‘balancing’ and regime legitimacy in explaining Azerbaijan’s foreign policy strategies, and second, the mixed track record of Azerbaijan’s assertiveness, with different outcomes depending on whether the policy strategies are reactive or proactive.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1479733
Uncontrolled keywords: Azerbaijan, European Union, bargaining power, foreign policy strategies
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Eske van Gils
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 12:38 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2019 00:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67204 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Van Gils, Eske: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5656-9517
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