The Caucasus: Which Role for Turkey in the European Neighborhood? by ProQuest

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The Turkish proposal of a Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform (CSCP), and its impact on existing EU initiatives covering the same region, represents a challenge for the future shape of the European neighborhood. This article analyzes the evolution of the CSCP since its launch in summer 2008 until now and presents the platform's approach and main ideas. A core question will be whether the Turkish proposal will be complementary to or in competition with other European initiatives such as the Eastern Partnership or the Black Sea Synergy. Different stakeholders' perceptions of the CSCP will also be outlined. Finally, an outlook will be given which will explore Turkey's role for the stability at the EU's south-eastern borders as well as its impact for the European Neighborhood Policy. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									The Caucasus: Which Role
for Turkey in the European
Neighborhood?
                                             DENİZ DEVRİM* and EVELINA SCHULZ**




                                            T
ABSTRACT
                                                    he fifth EU-enlargement round
The Turkish proposal of a Caucasus
Stability and Cooperation Platform                  in 2004 and 2007 resulted in the
(CSCP), and its impact on existing      acquisition of new neighbors, presented the
EU initiatives covering the same        EU with new opportunities and challenges,
region, represents a challenge for      and has given it a greater weight on the in-
the future shape of the European
neighborhood. This article
                                        ternational scene. Being a Black Sea power
analyzes the evolution of the           since the accession of Bulgaria and Romania
CSCP since its launch in summer         in 2007, the EU has given special attention to
2008 until now and presents the         its eastern neighbors and has developed new
platform’s approach and main
                                        initiatives under the framework of the Euro-
ideas. A core question will be
whether the Turkish proposal            pean Neighborhood Policy (ENP). The ENP
will be complementary to or in          presents the overall framework for the rela-
competition with other European         tions between the EU and its neighbors and it
initiatives such as the Eastern         is meant to provide an opportunity for close,
Partnership or the Black Sea
Synergy. Different stakeholders’        privileged relations, especially in political and
perceptions of the CSCP will also       economical terms. Within this greater frame-
be outlined. Finally, an outlook        work, other regional initiatives have been de-
will be given which will explore        veloped recently. The military escalation in
Turkey’s role for the stability at
the EU’s south-eastern borders as
                                        South Ossetia between Georgia and Russia in
well as its impact for the European     August 2008 not only gave the drive to the EU
Neighborhood Policy.                    to accelerate the works on the proposed East-


                                         * Programme Coordinator, Center for International Relations and
                                        Development Studies, ddevrim@cidob.org
                                        ** Advisor, European Commission, Evelina.Schulz@googlemail.com

Insight Turkey Vol. 11 / No. 3 / 2009
pp. 177-193                                                                                                177
      DENİZ DEVRİM and EVELINA SCHULZ




 There is a need to re-assess                     ern Partnership (EaP), but also inspired
 Turkey’s foreign and regional                    
								
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