By Yuliana Palagnyuk, 2011


European Neighborhood Policy as an instrument of cooperation with the neighboring countries, including Ukraine, is analyzed in this article taking into account new geopolitical conditions as the result of events in North Africa in the beginning 2011 year, preparation of new association agreement between the EU and Ukraine on the new level with perspectives of membership of Ukraine in the European Union.

By Dirk Berg-Schlosser, 2008


External factors have received relatively little attention in the broad democratization literature. This essay examines specific “neighborhood” effects in the transitions to democracy in three phases in Europe concerning, first, Southern Europe, then Central and Eastern Europe, and, finally, the more recent “color” revolutions. It distinguishes between immediate neighborhood and “contagion” effects, both on the general population and elite levels, overall European Union attractiveness and specific EU support, and the more general international “climate.” Some neighborhood effects may be positive in supporting democratic transitions and consolidation, whereas others may be negative, as, for example, was the case with regard to Russia during the “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine. It can be shown that distinct patterns of such factors existed during the various phases of these European transitions. In conclusion, some general lessons are drawn from this analysis.