GEORGIA’S INTEGRATION INTO A CONTESTED WORLD: FINDING THE MIDDLE WAY BETWEEN DIFFERENTIATION AND INCLUSIVENESS

Audrey Schlegel

Abstract


Nowadays, inter-state relations are well organized, and even present some similarities to human relations. This realization has led to the elaboration of the concept of ‘societies of states’, to describe how states with similar interests and values come to elaborate common rules to which they accept to submit themselves. Some of these societies have been institutionalized: the United Nations Organization, the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union, the Council of Europe etc. Georgia as a relatively new state has deployed considerable efforts to join some of these societies, notably the EU. However, the success of such endeavours does not depend only upon the efforts of the candidate state: it also depends upon the willingness of the older member states of these societies to accept a new member. This article is aiming at measuring this willingness on the side of the EU member states, in relation to Georgia’s integration efforts. It also tries to expose the mechanisms beyond the EU’s requests for changes to Georgia, requests presented as accession conditions.

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