In an article for the Russian-language version of the Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG or International Politics and Society) magazine RSC Director Richard Giragosian offered a preview of the EU’s November Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels. In this article, entitled “До встречи в Брюсселе! Перспективы Восточного партнерства зависят от гораздо большего, чем документы и заявления на саммитах,” Giragosian focused on risk and resiliency in the Eastern Partnership.
In the original English, the article noted that “as the heads of state from EU member states and six Eastern Partnership countries prepare for the fifth Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit in Brussels on 24 November, they will be tasked to “take stock” of past accomplishments and achievements since the last summit in Riga in 2015. But for the Eastern neighbourhood, the pressing priority is not to solely focus on the past, but to also strategically look forward. And the imperative is to find a strategic vision capable of confronting risks and forging resiliency.”
He went to write that “for both the unresolved geopolitical challenges and unrelenting shifts within the Eastern Partnership region, the test is one of resolve and commitment. And beyond the justified concern over the implementation of the Association Agreements and related Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) by Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, the EU’s test of strategic resolve is marked by an unprecedented degree of Western uncertainty and European division.”
Giragosian concluded the analytical article by noting that “moreover, if the EU was able to leverage this responsive adaptation as an exercise offering a truly strategic vision, then the lingering question concerns its capacity for attaining resiliency in the Eastern Neighbourhood. By its very definition, resiliency is much more than stability. Rather, resiliency infers a deeper commitment and more dynamic capability to preempt as well as prevent state weakness. And this will not be easy in the Eastern neighbourhood, given the combination of external threats, driven by a resurgent Russia, with internal vulnerabilities of corruption and poor governance. Thus, the outlook for durable resiliency will depend on much more than strategic documents or summit declarations.”
The Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG) is an online journal published by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) that aims to “bring the European political debate to a global audience.” Giragosian also contributed an earlier article, entitled “Тревожное невмешательство. Как американо-российские отношения повлияют на Южный Кавказ,” that was published in February 2017: