Intervention – ‘Eastern partners or chaotic neighbors? The contested geopolitics and geoeconomics of integrating Ukraine and Moldova’

Intelligent analysis on the Ukraine you won’t find in the hyperventilating American press:
Ukraine thus confounds geo-strategic visions of both the EU’s EaP and Russia’s proposed Eurasian Customs Union, calling attention to how geopolitical and geoeconomic axes of differentiation are produced. Indeed, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs’ craftily leaked “fuck the EU” comment, made when discussing US interests in influencing the new Ukrainian leadership, complicates the notion of a monolithic “West” as functioning civilizational entity. US Secretary of State Kerry’s recent emphasis on territorial integrity similarly reflects US dissatisfaction with the EU’s handling of events in Ukraine.

by Austin Crane, University of Washington-Seattle
, and Adam Levy, University of Colorado-Boulder


Since 2004, the European Union’s Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) instrument has governed external relations with 28 surrounding countries from Morocco to Belarus, offering the neighbours selective forms of integration and assistance outside of membership prospects. In November 2013 the EU held a now-infamous summit in Vilnius, Lithuania for its Eastern Partnership (EaP)–a club founded within the ENP in 2009 to link those six former Soviet states adjoining the EU. This summit sought to transform bilateral economic and political relations between the EU and Eastern Partners through showcasing and signing a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) linked to new Association Agreements (AA) and Visa Liberalization plans. This otherwise drab event was effectively derailed at the last minute when the largest partner, Ukraine, said it would not join the DCFTA, citing too much pressure from Russia…

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