European and Russian strategies in the post-Soviet space
This chapter intends to explain the remaining part of the puzzle. It starts with the analysis of the main goals and objectives of the EU and Russia in their shared neighborhood. We can observe contrasting trends. Empirical results show that Russia has consistently viewed the region as a zone of privileged interests and has aimed to establish political and economic control over its neighbors. In contrast to Russia, the EU seems to be looking at the region through the prism of neighborhood, aiming to turn it into “ring of friends” by promoting stability, good governance, and, if possible, democracy and rule of law. The second part of the chapter zooms in on the instruments and strategies the EU and Russia have utilized in the region, according to their goals and interests. Empirical results indicate Russia’s overall negative influence on democratic quality and democratic regime outcomes in the countries under study. The influence of the EU, on the other hand, seems to vary based on whether the EU invokes democratic conditionality or not, and whether the domestic conditions are favorable for the success of democratic regime outcomes.
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