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The dossier in which Visegrad countrie countrie in which

October 31, 2013 2 comments

The dossier in which Visegrad countries could be trendsetters is US-EU cooperation in wider Europe, which spans regions as diverse as Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Levant. From Georgia to Morocco, Brussels and Washington pursue similar goals, but without linking policies or pooling resources. Some CE policymakers believe that the time is ripe for an institutional upgrade, which, if done smartly, could help alleviate European concerns over the perceived US exit from European affairs, while also freeing American hands in other parts of the world by entrusting more responsibility for regional stability to the EU. The institutional template that could kick-start the dialogue is the EU’s European Neighborhood Policy (ENP), which seeks to tie countries to the east and south of the EU into its regulatory frameworks. Central European policymakers, diplomats, and blue-ribbon experts should start considering modes of engagement for US actors—the State Department, USAID, NED, and the expert community—in the ENP. The effort to integrate the US would certainly not be unprecedented: Americans already participate in the Common Security and Defense Policy, under a 2011 framework agreement. US participation in the ENP could also reinvigorate the policy itself. Crucially, if Washington steps in, it might incentivize other regional players, notably Turkey and Russia, to take part.

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