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The Unintended Consequences of a European Neighbourhood Policy without Russia

Casier, Tom (2019) The Unintended Consequences of a European Neighbourhood Policy without Russia. The International Spectator, 54 (1). pp. 78-88. ISSN 0393-2729. E-ISSN 1751-9721. (doi:10.1080/03932729.2019.1555224) (KAR id:72049)

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After Russia’s retreat from the European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU’s policy towards its eastern neighbours was split up. The internal unintended consequence of the EU’s choice to leave its policy unaltered was a tension between the objective of privileged relations with ENP countries and a promise to recognise the interests of Russia as an equal partner. Externally, the unintended outcome was that this fostered two opposing strategic environments: a cooperative one for the EaP and a competitive one with Russia. In terms of the management of unintended consequences, the EU has actively sought to reinforce its normative hegemony towards EaP countries, while at the same time mitigating certain negative unintended effects.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/03932729.2019.1555224
Uncontrolled keywords: EU-Russia relations, European Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, unintended consequences
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tom Casier
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2019 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 10:55 UTC
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