EU Neighbourhood

As a key element of European foreign policy, the EU's neighbourhood policy is an essential pillar for the political, socio-economic, and security-related stability of the EU's immediate geographical periphery. This applies to the countries of the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) as well as the Southern Partnership countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia). Through a consolidated neighbourhood policy, the EU can safeguard its own security interests and proactively counter the influence of other global powers. The research activities of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy shed light on political developments in the European neighbourhood and develop recommendations for action for a demand-oriented European foreign policy. To this end, we maintain contacts with local political representatives, cooperate with academic institutes in the EU's neighbouring countries, prepare studies and derived options for action, and analyse security threats.

Current AIES activities on the topic. Research also in the database.


Events

Energy (In)security in Central Europe?

27.02.2024 / The Situation After Two Years of Russia's War Against Ukraine

Escalation in the Middle East

01.02.2024 / Will there be a conflagration?

Economic Aspects of the War in Ukraine

11.01.2024 / Lecture by Professor Anders Åslund

Geopolitics between the EU and Turkey

13.12.2023 / AIES Director Michael Zinkanell in Ankara

Western Balkans and the EU integration process

12.12.2023 / Expert workshop at the AIES

The Israel-Hamas War: Analysis and Implications for the Region

29.11.2023 / Exclusive round table discussion at the AIES

Kosovo’s national security challenges

26.11.2023 / Visit of the AIES Research Associate Lawrence Kettle with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kosovo

27th European Forum Vienna

10.11.2023 / Europe's Major Challenges

EU Gateway Initiative

06.11.2023 / IEA Kenia Webinar in collaboration with the AIES

In the media

24.02.2024 / Middle East Eye
War on Gaza: In Munich, the Global South once again saw blatant hypocrisy of western leaders
Statements von AIES Research Fellow Chistoph Schwarz

27.06.2022 / NRC (The Netherlands)
Poetins invasie is het begin van een nieuwe Koude Oorlog
Interview Velina Tchakarova

20.01.2022 / CEIAS Considers
What the Kazakhstan crisis tells us about international relations
Commentary by Velina Tchakarova

25.11.2021 / IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2021
Eastern Mediterranean Energy and Regional Cooperation: 2021 Outlook
By Michaël Tanchum

30.10.2021 / peacefare.net
Libya is taking baby steps in the right direction
By Wolfgang Pusztai

14.09.2020 / N-World
Blue Homeland: the doctrine behind Turkey's Mediterranean claims
Statements by Dr. Michaël Tanchum

13.09.2020 / AP News
Greece, Turkey signal willingness to talk about sea dispute
Statements by Dr. Michaël Tanchum

Publications

The Western Balkan Security and Defence College and its benefits for the region

The Western Balkan Security and Defence College and its benefits for the region

Lívia Benko, Michael Zinkanell: The Western Balkan Security and Defence College and its benefits for the region, AIES Studies 2/2023

Hungary’s Eastern Opening Policy as a Long-Term Political-Economic Strategy

Hungary’s Eastern Opening Policy as a Long-Term Political-Economic Strategy

Gabriela Greilinger: Hungary’s Eastern Opening Policy as a Long-Term Political-Economic Strategy, AIES Fokus 4/2023

The Georgian Perspective on Geopolitical Changes in the Caucasus

The Georgian Perspective on Geopolitical Changes in the Caucasus

Eugene Kogan: The Georgian Perspective on Geopolitical Changes in the Caucasus, AIES Fokus 1/2023

North Africa and the Sahel region

North Africa and the Sahel region

Wolfgang Pusztai: North Africa and the Sahel region, AIES Comment 3/2022

Podcast

14.08.23 / Episode 19 / Special Series on the EU as a global actor

EU-AU Relations: An Outlook for the Intercontinental Partnership

In this episode, Research Fellow Livia Benko is in conversation with Kwame Owino, Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute of Economic Affairs Kenya (IEA), to discuss the current state of EU-AU relations against the background of dramatic changes in the international system - above all the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This episode is the last in a 4-part special series on the EU as a global actor. Other episodes of this series focus on the EU's relations with the China, ASEAN, as well as the US.

This special series is conducted in partnership with the Multilateral Dialoge Vienna of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Videos


Energy (In)security in Central Europe

27.02.24 / The Situation After Two Years of Russia's War Against Ukraine

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27. European Forum Vienna

10.11.23 / Annual conference by the AIES

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New Momentum for Kosovo’s International Integration

30.03.23 / Event with Dr. Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, President of Kosovo

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Western Balkans: A Central Piece to Lasting Peace in Europe

12.01.23 / Public Event with Albin Kurti, Premier Minister of Kosovo

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Three Seas Initiative: Mapping National Perspectives

20.06.22 / E-presentation of the book

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The Future of Europe in Light of the Russian War against Ukraine

13.05.22 / Round Table Discussion in Vienna

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