Workshop discussing the analytical framework for comparing approaches and strategies in Vilnius

On 14 July 2016 EU-STRAT held a workshop discussing the analytical framework for comparing approaches and strategies of selected external actors at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University.  Participants from four EU-STRAT partner institutions attended the workshop: Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, Dovilė Jakniūnaitė, Laurynas Jonavičius, Margarita Šešelgytė from Vilnius university, Kataryna Wolczuk and Rilka Dragneva-Lewers from the University of Birmingham, Dirk Lehmkuhl from the University of St.Gallen and Valentin Lozovanu from the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives. The aim of the workshop was to explore and discuss the analytical framework for comparing approaches and strategies of the EU and other selected external actors vis-à-vis EaP countries in key sectors, namely energy, trade, security, and migration. Five presentations of scholarship in five areas (Geopolitics/geo-economics, IR approaches; Regionalism and international organizations approaches; Alliance building and regional cooperation/transformative power; Democracy promotion; Political economy of reforms) were discussed during the workshop to provide an overview of existing literature, its gaps and potentially useful insights from the view of the EU-STRAT project. The workshop participants also took decisions regarding the sectoral scope of the analysis, the target countries, the time frame and the external players and their composition.

The workshop was part of EU-STRAT’s Work Package (WP) 4.  The overall goal of WP4 is to investigate and assess the policies and strategies of external actors in order to better understand their impact on EaP countries.

First newsletter published!

The first newsletter of EU-STRAT is now published. You can find it here and read about the opening conference and consult a special policy comment by Rafal Sadowski (OSW) on the prospects for the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement after the Dutch referendum.

Photos from the Kick-Off Conference in Berlin (June 2016)

The Kick-Off conference of EU-STRAT is history. Here are some photos from the event:

Round Table ‘Looking Inside-Out: Strategies for Transforming the Neighbourhood’


EU-STRAT held its first public event on 8 June 2016 – a round table entitled ‘Looking Inside-Out: Strategies for Transforming the Neighbourhood‘. The round table featured Elena Belokurova (EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and EU-STRAT Advisory Board Member), Antoaneta Dimitrova  (Leiden University, co-coordinator of EU-STRAT), Andrius Kubilius (former Prime Minister of Lithuania, Member of the Seimas, Member of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine, EUSTRAT Advisory Board Member), Igor Munteanu (former Ambassador of Moldova to the US and Canada, Institute for Development and Social Initiatives, Moldova, EU-STRAT partner), and Emma Udwin (Deputy Head of Cabinet, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission) and was moderated by Tanja A. Börzel (Freie Universität Berlin, EU-STRAT coordinator). The event was hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Germany.


The discussion focused on several themes related to the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, and EU’s foreign policy more generally. The panelists discussed the strategic and socio-political differences between the late 1990s and early 2000s, when the big-bang enlargement of the EU to the East occurred, and the current situation that the EU and the EaP countries face. The participants also analyzed the roles of values and interests as drivers of EU’s foreign policy and EU’s relationships with its neighborhood and the challenges of promoting democracy, peace, and prosperity in the region. Policy-makers, experts, and EU-STRAT project members agreed that there is a great need for further academic research shedding light on these questions, setting the scene for the exciting next three years of EU-STRAT.

EU-STRAT Kick-Off Conference

EU-STRAT kicks-off with its opening conference that is going to take place 8-10 June in Berlin. More information is available here.


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