The European Union's Conflict-resolution policy in Georgia: The way forward

Guy Harpaz*

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The efforts invested by the EU to assist the resolution of the disputes over the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are long-standing and multifaceted. Yet, a dissonance exists between the EU's strong interest in the resolution of these conflicts, its firm commitment and its long-standing engagement to promoting such resolution, and its actual, ineffective contribution to achieving that goal. Drawing on scholarship that analyses the factors that erode the effectiveness of the EU's contribution to conflict resolution in Georgia, this article seeks to identify and analyse various strategies and considerations that could render the EU's conflict resolution efforts more effective. These strategies and considerations will be classified into those pertaining to Georgia's political establishment, Georgia's civil society, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Russia, and will be linked to two broader themes, namely EU enlargement and the EU's commitment to strict observance of international law. The analysis conducted in this article including its conclusions relies upon literature on comparative conflict resolution.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)243-262
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Foreign Affairs Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018

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Traditionally, the Western financial support of civil society in Georgia has been very modest.86Yet in recent years the EU has realized that domestic NGOs can be an anchor for socio-political domestic reform,87 and may even be helpful in resolving the Conflicts.88 The EU-Georgia Association Agreement and the Eastern Partnership provide an institutional apparatus and specific mechanisms to facilitate the grant of enhanced financial support to pro-resolution, pro-compromise NGOs. This can assist, in turn, their more effective utilization for the purpose of pursuing a frank dialogue with the general public.89 Such support can improve the capacities of domestic NGOs and render them more effective entities in the pursuit of the resolution to the Conflicts.

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© 2018 Kluwer Law International BV, The Netherlands.


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