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This article examines the significance, outcomes, and implications of the third Eastern Partnership summit of the EU, which was held on 28-29 November 2013 in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. Despite the significant progress in the partnerships of Moldova and Georgia, the negative responses of Ukraine and Armenia to the possibility of adopting Association Agreements with the EU, and the lack of interest of Azerbaijan and Belarus in adopting a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the EU dashed the hopes for a successful summit. In explaining this failure, this article concludes that the culprit is mainly Russia’s systematic use of manipulative tactics that exploit the vulnerabilities of EaP countries.

 

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Oktay F. Tanrısever
Oktay F. Tanrısever
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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