'Moral Power' of the European Union in the South Caucasus

  • Syuzanna Vasilyan

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About this book


This book devises a new conceptual framework of ‘moral power’ and applies it to the policy of the European Union (EU) towards the South Caucasian states of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It covers the period starting from the 1990s to the present and analyses policy domains (democracy promotion, conflict resolution, security, energy, trade) juxtaposing the policy of EU/member states with those of the United States (US), Russia, Turkey, Iran, as well as inter-governmental and regional organizations. ‘Morality’ is unpacked as composed of seven parameters: consequentialism; coherence; consistency; normative solidity; balance between values and interests; inclusiveness; and external legitimacy. ‘Power’ is branched into ‘potential’, ‘actual’ and ‘actualized’ types. ‘Moral power’ is consequently developed as an objective and neutral framework to capture the foreign policy of an international actor in any geographic area and policy sphere. The book will be useful for students and scholars of International Relations and EU Studies, policy-makers and practitioners.

Syuzanna Vasilyan is Research Fellow at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (since 2015) and Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Paris, France (2016). She was Assistant Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the American University of Armenia (2011-2015) and Visiting Professor at Central European University, Hungary (2010-2011).


European Union (EU) politics EU in the South Caucasus influence of the EU in Armenia influence of the EU in Azerbaijan influence of the EU in Georgia politics in Georgia politics in Azerbaijan politics in Armenia EU policy in South Caucasus conflict resolution in South Caucasus security in South Caucasus power of the EU in South Caucasus foreign policy of international actors EU studies Regionalization in the South Caucasus European Neighborhood Policy EU as a moral power EU as an international actor

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  • Syuzanna Vasilyan
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Libre de Bruxelles BrusselsBelgium

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