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dc.contributor.advisorFawn, Rick
dc.contributor.authorKereselidze, Nino
dc.description.abstractThis assessment of European Union foreign policy towards the South Caucasus shows that while the EU has developed a coherent transport policy since 1992, paradoxically, it has had no corresponding coherent conflict resolution policy for this region. The fact that the EU deepened transport cooperation without a mediation policy in an area with a multiplicity of protracted conflicts is a puzzle. Although the EU eventually added mediation to its policy during the Russia-Georgia armed conflict in 2008, it was unable to facilitate a political solution. The research examines what has been the nature of EU foreign policy towards the South Caucasus. The dissertation argues that incoherence in conflict resolution policy has been consequent upon two causal factors: (i) preferences of the EU member states conditioned by their historical experience with Russia, and (ii) institutional framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). By contrast, with functional approach, the three dominant factors that have enabled coherence in transport cooperation are (i) legislative alignment, (ii) common transport area, including technical assistance for transit development, and (iii) restrictive measures. Examination of these two areas of EU foreign policy, shows a discrepancy, demonstrating its inconsistent nature. The theoretical framework of realism and liberal intergovernmentalism, is applied to empirically grounded EU foreign policy analysis. Adopting a case study methodology, this work examines the EU’s policy towards Armenia and Azerbaijan, with special focus on Georgia between 1992 and 2014. The research combines social science methods of literature review, document analysis and expert interviews.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectEuropean Union (EU)en_US
dc.subjectCommon Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)en_US
dc.subjectEuropean Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)en_US
dc.subjectEastern Partnership (EaP)en_US
dc.subjectTransport policyen_US
dc.subjectMaritime securityen_US
dc.subjectLegislative alignmenten_US
dc.subjectConflict resolutionen_US
dc.subjectThe South Caucasusen_US
dc.subject.lcshEuropean Union--Foreign relations--Caucasus, Southen_US
dc.subject.lcshEuropean Union couuntries--Foreign relations--Caucasus, Southen_US
dc.subject.lcshCaucasus, South--Foreign relations--European Union countriesen_US
dc.titleForeign policy of the European Union towards the South Caucasus in 1992-2014en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrewsen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorOpen Society Foundations (OSF)en_US
dc.contributor.sponsorGeorgia (Republic). Prime Minister's Funden_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of International Relations; Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS)en_US

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