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Strengthening Europe’s “Ring of Friends” is Crucial.

Rethinking the European Neighbourhood Policy

July 2015, Number 06.03

“The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has been surprised by two major events in recent years: the Arab Spring and the Ukraine crisis. Both events have shown the necessity and the limits of a functional ENP. During the past decade, the ENP has achieved much progress in democratic transformation and stabilization. This, however, has not attracted attention in the broader discussion on European security. The annual progress reports of the European Commission, as well as the overview of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) from 2007-2011, show an impressive record of activities and achievements. The enormous progress in political, economic and societal reforms, especially in Moldova, Georgia and Tunisia, have been overshadowed by the worsening situations in Syria, Libya, Ukraine and Egypt, the stalemate in Belarus, and Russia’s aggressive policy toward its neighbors.

The “ring of friends” that the ENP should help create seems to have been transformed into a “ring of fire.” Nevertheless, until recently the European Union has turned a blind eye to the ENP’s strategic implications for European security architecture...”

Excerpt from Ralf Roloff, “Rethinking the European Neighbourhood Policy,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 3, 2015: 34-37.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.