THE INTEGRATION-ORIENTED FORCES IN THE MAKING OF THE NEW SOUTH CAUCASUS ORDER

Dr. Vahram SOGHOMONYAN


Vahram Soghomonyan, Member of European Integration Research Group under the supervision of Prof. Frank Deppe and Prof. Hans-Jürgen Bieling at the Institute for Political Science, Phillips University of Marburg. Is affiliated with the Erevan-based NGO Collaboration for Democracy Union (Erevan, Armenia)


While economic interdependence and security divergence are shaping the regional political agenda of the Southern Caucasus, the European Union expands its policy measures in the way of supporting a multilevel regional cooperation model. In its turn, the expansion of the European integration process favors especially the integration-oriented actors in the Southern Caucasus and describes its policy character. I may describe it as a process of double integration: the integration of the Southern Caucasus itself and the transregional integration of the Southern Caucasus into Europe.

The enlargement of the European Union toward East was the result of a reconfiguration of power relations in the world as an outcome of globalization. The Southern Caucasus stands also in the centre of capital interests and interests of supranational actors. The penetration of the transnational capital in new geographic areas and the European ambitions of a neighboring region, in this case Southern Caucasus, characterize the geostrategic dimension of this integration. The strengthening of the EU positions is in no small part connected with the establishment of a certain social-political model in the countries of the Southern Caucasus.

Considering the existing accents of the economic development models of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia several options, like elements of..


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