Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 12/2013

Smart Geostrategy for the Eastern Partnership

Richard Youngs, Kateryna Pishchikova

November 2013

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


The European Union’s (EU’s) relationship with Eastern Europe and the Caucasus is at a turning point. Russia’s increasingly assertive tactics have chipped away at the ties that bind the six Eastern Partnership countries to the EU, and the entire Eastern Partnership is on the verge of unraveling. To rescue its association with its Eastern partners, the EU must deliver more tangible results. Europe can be both geopolitical and committed to reform—but to strike the right balance, the EU must be more strategic.