What kind of foreign policy actor can the EU be defined as in respect to their sanctions regime against Belarus?

  • Anna Lederer
Keywords: Belarus, EU, foreign policy, sanctions, restrictive measures, normative power

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to assess the character of the European Union as a foreign policy actor through examining its restrictive and proactive measures vis-à-vis Belarus, a country often branded as ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’. For this purpose, documents of the European Parliament are examined throughout a ten-year period, allowing for a coherent policy assessment of European Union decision-making. By depicting the Parliament’s impetus behind each decision to impose or lift sanctions and behind introducing other foreign policy tools, this analysis will gain some insight on the principles guiding the European Union as a foreign policy actor. The comprehensive approach further allows us to draw conclusions on the coherence and structure of the European Union’s foreign policy towards Belarus, as well as on the type of actor the European Union can be defined as in light of their policies.

Author Biography

Anna Lederer

Anna Lederer, 23, from Munich (Germany), is a Master’s student of International Relations in Berlin, having previously graduated from the University of Kent in Politics and International Relations (2016). She wrote her Bachelor’s thesis on German military interventions, and currently interns at the European Parliament. Her interests include security studies, terrorism studies, Eastern European studies and democratic transitions. She has previously worked for think tanks and consultancies focusing on terrorism research and Eastern Europe.

Published
2017-12-29
How to Cite
Lederer, A. (2017). What kind of foreign policy actor can the EU be defined as in respect to their sanctions regime against Belarus?. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 35, 52-71. https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.35.3
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