AUA Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies Publishes Article Examining EU Policy in the South Caucasus

Assistant Professor in the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Political Science and International Affairs (PSIA) Program and Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies Dr. Syuzanna Vasilyan recently published an article in the prestigious Journal of International Relations and Development (24 May 2013), a publication of Palgrave Macmillan.

The article, entitled ’Moral power’ as objectification of the ‘civilian’/’normative’ ‘EUlogy’: the European Union as a conflict-dealer in the South Caucasus, presents a new conceptual framework of ”moral power,” drawing on a number of theoretical streams, which can be applied not only to the policy of the European Union, but also to other countries such as the United States and Russia.

Dr. Vasilyan explains, “While the research specifically concerns the EU’s policy, its conflict resolution policy toward the South Caucasus lacks an explanatory dimension. This article recuperates this missing gap. Given the EU’s increasing role in external political and security matters around the world—due to the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty—the issues raised in the article are salient.”

The article can be viewed here.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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