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By Nicu Popescu

The ecu Union continues to be rising as an absolutely fledged international coverage actor. The vagaries of this strategy are in actual fact seen, but insufficiently defined within the ecu rules in the direction of the post-Soviet house.

EU international coverage and Post-Soviet Conflicts examines ecu intervention and non-intervention in clash answer, with a particular specialize in the EU’s position within the post-soviet conflicts within the South Caucasus and Moldova: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria. It explains how european international coverage affected those conflicts, yet extra importantly what european intervention in those conflicts demonstrate concerning the ecu itself. in accordance with large box study, the writer argues that the reluctant european intervention in post-Soviet conflicts effects from a dichotomous dating among european associations and a few ecu member states. Popescu argues this demonstrates that european associations use rules of ‘stealth intervention’ the place they search to play a better position within the post-Soviet area, yet they achieve this via fairly low-profile, uncontroversial and depoliticised activities with a purpose to stay away from obvious Russian opposition.

Exploring an array of questions regarding the european as a overseas coverage actor, this ebook lines the politics of clash intervention via european associations utilizing unique empirical information concerning the ecu choice making procedure and should be of curiosity to scholars and students of ecu politics, clash solution, international coverage and Post-Soviet politics.

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As Michael Smith argues, ‘consensus-­building and problem solving, peer-­pressure and persuasion, not bargaining and issue-­linkages’ are the norm for negotiating foreign policy actions (M. Smith 2004a: 107). In such a setting, states will sometimes prefer to resolve crises of contradictions by expanding mutual obligations (‘spillover’) rather than contracting or simply reasserting them (Schmitter 2004: 57). EU institutions Institutions also matter in negotiations over EU foreign policy. They can act as intervening variables in negotiation among EU states (Martin and Simmons 1998: 733).

On a bureaucratic level, the Commission consists of directorates general (DGs). There is more than one European Commissioner who covers different aspects of foreign policy including EU enlargement, neighbourhood, humanitarian­ aid, development and trade. Before the Lisbon Treaty, the central institution for foreign policy-­making in the European Commission was the DG for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy (DG RELEX). DG RELEX ran EU delegations that functioned as something in between an embassy (with political personnel) and technical assistance offices in a majority of countries of the world.

Before turning to the record of EU intervention in the post-­Soviet conflicts, this chapter seeks to clarify some of the complex ways in which the EU institutional machinery decides and acts in conflict management. It deals with the pre- and post-­Lisbon Treaty institutional arrangements of the EU. With a complicated and gradually changing division of authority on foreign policy issues between the European Commission, the EU Council and EU member states, such clarifications are necessary. In order to place the EU policies towards the post-­Soviet conflicts in the broader context, the chapter briefly outlines the EU’s global conflict management efforts, as well as the EU’s regional policies in the eastern neighbourhood.

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