This paper is aimed at motivating and informing discussion within the EU institutions and member states on the nature of their engagement in the South Caucasus. It suggests priority areas for political dialogue and external assistance programming under the upcoming EC country and regional strategy papers. It argues that unless authorities and civil society in the region, supported by the international community, genuinely address the root causes of violent conflict, societal instability and distrust, then broad-based development and prosperity will remain beyond reach.
- Author(s):Edward Bell
- Date:September 2006