The EU and Russia: Competing Discourses, Practices and Interests in the Shared Neighbourhood

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Author list: Dias, V.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Publication year: 2013
Journal: European Politics and Society (2374-5118)
Volume number: 14
Issue number: 2
Start page: 256
End page: 271
Number of pages: 16
ISSN: 2374-5118
eISSN: 2374-5126
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


This article analyses how the European Union (EU) and Russia perceive
each other as regional players, by assessing their security-oriented
policies towards the shared neighbourhood in Eastern Europe and South
Caucasus, and delves into the impact those perceptions have on EU–Russia
relations. It argues that both EU and Russian policies towards the
region are built upon the belief that internal security starts outside
their borders and, thus, the countries in the shared neighbourhood
emerge as lynchpins in their internal and regional security strategies.
In a mostly competing and mutually exclusive logic, the EU and Russia
attempt to keep those countries in their own sphere of influence.
Accordingly, commitments to European integration are generally seen by
Moscow as a political loss, in the same way that a rapprochement towards
Russia is usually perceived to constrain the EU's leverage in the
region. This research is framed by a critical constructivist approach
focusing on practices and discourses, thereby enabling a broader mapping
of the dynamics resulting from the EU's and Russia's competing
interests, perceptions and policies in the shared neighbourhood, and a
deeper understanding of their impact on EU–Russia bilateral relations,
particularly under the so-called strategic partnership.


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