“Moral Power” of the EU through its Security Policy in the South Caucasus

  • Syuzanna Vasilyan


This chapter on the EU’s security policy wanders through neorealism and constructivism as appropriate theories for the study of the EU and its member states as actors on the global scene, including in/around the South Caucasus. It affirms the Union’s entrenched “difference” compared to its own member states, Russia and Turkey, and the USA, as conventional security actors prone to use “military power”. Instead, the EU relies on “civilian” “power”. The Union’s vocation has been to facilitate “positive” security centered on “human security” in pursuit of peace. Overall, through its security policy the EU has been a “potential” “power” on the moral parameters of consistency, balance between values and interests, and normative steadiness, “largely actual” “power” qua consequentialism and external legitimacy, and “partly actual” with respect to coherence and inclusiveness.


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  • Syuzanna Vasilyan
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  1. 1.Université Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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