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The EU and Russia: the Needed Balance Between Geopolitics and Regionalism

Russie.Nei.Visions, No 10(b), May 2006.

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While the EU conceives its neighborhood via regional policies, Russia sees it in terms of geopolitics. A large part of the misunderstanding which prevails on both sides concerning the 'Common Space for External Security' stems from the clash between these different mental maps. By examining the respective and reciprocal implications of these approaches, this paper underlines the need for both parties to become conscious of the conceptual gap between their viewpoints, and to try ultimately reducing it.

Thomas Gomart holds a PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and is currently the Head of the Russia/NIS program at Ifri, Paris. Dr. Thomas Gomart also teaches at the Military School of Saint-Cyr. 

Russie.Nei.Visions is an electronic collection of policy papers published in French, English and Russian by the Russia/NIS Center, Ifri.

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