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Eastern Europe, A Region Of Insecurity In The European Union'S Vicinity


  • Bogdan – Lucian Cumpanasu

    () (National University of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest)


During Cold War, the region of Eastern Europe was formed by European states that were behind the Iron Curtain.Once the communism has fallen and former Warsaw's Pact members have joined EU in 2004 and 2007 along with the Baltic republics, a New Eastern Europe comprising Ukraine, Republic of Moldova and the Caucasian Republics emerged at the border of EU. The north, west and south maritime frontiers of European Union are opposite with Eastern territorial one that are more difficult to control and defend against asymmetrical threats as: organized crime, drugs traffic, arms proliferation and illegal immigration. this paper aims to demonstrate that EU's policies initiated in the framework of Eastern Partnership (EaP) that wanted to bring peace in the Eastern neighborhood did not succeed to fulfill the desired goals. One explanation is that EU did not take in consideration the Russian dream of redesigning its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. Another one is that the cultural, political and social differences between EU and its EaP partners led to the failure of the project. Thus, European Union's actions toward Eastern vicinity led to a clash between two civilizations: East and West as well as to a geopolitical competition between Russian Federation and EU over their shared neighborhood.

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  • Bogdan – Lucian Cumpanasu, 2014. "Eastern Europe, A Region Of Insecurity In The European Union'S Vicinity," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 6(2a), pages 62-70, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2014:v:6:i:2a:p:62-70

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    1. Ian Manners, 2002. "Normative Power Europe: A Contradiction in Terms?," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(2), pages 235-258, June.
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    security; European Union; Eastern Partnership; Ukraine; Russian Federation; soft power; hard power Romania;

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    • F5 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy


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