EURO-ATLANTIC INTEGRATION TRENDS OF THE SOUTH CAUCASIAN STATES
Sossi Tatikian, M.A. in International Relations and Conflict Resolution; Senior Political Officer in the OSCE Mission in Kosovo seconded by the Armenian Government (Erevan, Armenia)
After the big bang enlargements of the EU and NATO in 2004, the Southern Caucasus was recognized as an important region for the further strengthening of stability, security, and prosperity in the Euro-Atlantic space.
NATO and the Caucasus
NATO declared a shift in the geographical focus of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership. While the continuing stabilization and integration of the states in the Western Balkans remained a high priority for NATO, the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia were declared its new geographical priority.
Without offering the prospect of membership, NATO committed itself to refocusing its resources toward these two regions, assisting those countries willing to reform their defense institutions, launching political consultations with NATO, contributing to the international fight against terrorism, and destroying the stockpiles of outdated ammunitions. While the Individual Partnership Action Plan mechanism was formally offered to all Partners at the Prague Summit of NATO/EAPC in 2002, even if it was self-evident that it was designed for the Partners in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Moldova, PAP-DIB endorsed at the Istanbul Summit in 2004 was specifically targeted at those Partners.
Central Asia and the Caucasus were put in the same basket in all the documents on the Euro-Atlantic Partnership endorsed at the Istanbul Summit of NATO/EAPC. As a follow-up to……………………….