Baltic Sea Region-Building: An Impossibility, or an Inability to Finish?

  • Dovilė Jakniūnaitė
  • Živilė Marija Vaicekauskaitė


The main question of the chapter: how is further development of the BSR possible when one of its significant players is both troublesome and perceived as not worth cooperating with? Searching for answer the chapter explores the conditions stalling the Baltic Sea regionalisation process—both theoretically and empirically—and seeks to discover analytical tools for conceptualizing this process. It aims to demonstrate that though a region-building perspective explains the failure of regionalism, it still limits an understanding developments of the BSR at the end of 2015, when the region was consumed with the lack of trust among several of its members, so instead it presents the suture concept as useful tool for reconceptualising the BSR and explains how the idea of a “region with sutures” could be developed.


Foreign Policy Regional Cooperation Baltic State Security Agenda Security Cooperation 
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  • Dovilė Jakniūnaitė
    • 1
  • Živilė Marija Vaicekauskaitė
    • 1
  1. 1.Vilnius UniversityVilniusLithuania

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