Ukraine Analytica 25(2021)

THE EUROPEAN CONCEPT OF RESILIENCE AS A TOOL OF GEOECONOMIC COMPETITION WITH RUSSIA

This article aims to examine how the European Union (EU) exercises the concept of resilience to achieve its strategic foreign policy goals. Specifically, the case of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) is covered. The article proceeds as follows. First, the origins and definition of resilience are explored to provide the background for further reasoning. Second, the connections between the concept of resilience and the geoeconomic strategy of the EU are examined. Subsequently, Russia’s geoeconomic approach is outlined to provide a counterexample and demonstrate the distinctiveness of the EU’s policy. Finally, the approaches are compared emphasising the structural process of introduction of policy instruments, as well as their implications for the strengths and weaknesses of the EU as a geoeconomic power vis-à-vis Russia.



Vitalii Terebylo holds a bachelor’s degree in International Economic Relations from V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University. Currently he is a 2nd year master’s student at Charles University in Prague (his major is International Relations), interning at the Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”. His research interests focus on state capitalism and its implications for economic statecraft, regional economic power and the geoeconomic contest in Eurasia.


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