Thursday, 26. November 2020

Towards a new security paradigm of the EaP: Expectations and Reality

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Date, Time
Thu, 26. Nov 2020,
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Save in my calendar
➽ Online Event

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Tbilisi - South Caucasus Region

On Thursday, November 26, 5pm, (Tbilisi Time) the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region invites you to the online public discussion

Towards a new security paradigm of the EaP: Expectations and Reality

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The latest war on Nagorno-Karabakh is a shift in the security situation of the South Caucasus combined with a limited engagement from the EU-side with regard to conflict resolution. With the ceasefire agreement, Russia remains a key external player in the South Caucasus while Turkey’s role in the region has increased significantly. These developments will undermine the security situation in the South Caucasus with consequences for the Wider Black Sea and Caspian Sea Region. With the partly withdrawn of the US from conflicts in Europe and the Middle East, other players increasingly compete for influence in the neighborhood of the EU. In the light of the geopolitical shifts, the EU needs to rethink its Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative, especially its security dimension. EU’s neighborhood policy needs to become more assertive and create new security partnerships with its EaP partners. Otherwise, the EU might become less relevant and the frustration in EaP countries might further grow due to EU’s limited engagement. While the EU’s Eastern neighbors face numerous internal challenges, conflicts are particularly important in terms of their economic transformation and democratization since they have the potential to quickly change the geopolitical reality, destabilize internal politics or reverse the democratic path.

We will discuss following issues during online discussion:

  • What should be the role of the EU in the South Caucasus in the context of the latest Nagorno-Karabkah war and after the ceasefire agreement?
  • What are the limits of EaP and how to move forward?
  • What has changed in EU’s neighborhood policy after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine?


  • Olesya Vartanyan, Senior Analyst for the South Caucasus Region, International Crisis Group;
  • Dr. Nona Mikhelidze, Head of the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali, IAI;
  • Nikolaus von Twickel, Center for Liberal Modernity, LibMod;

Moderation: Dr. Stefan Meister, Head of Office, Heinrich Boell Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region.

Language of the event: English (simultaneous translation in Georgian language will be provided)

To attend the event please register here: