17th Workshop of the PfP Consortium Study Group
“Regional Stability in the South Caucasus”
What a “New European Security Deal” Could Mean for the South Caucasus
The 17th Regional Stability in the South Caucasus Study Group workshop aims at bringing together international experts to consider strategically and geo-politically the outline of an agreement on regional power sharing, that would cooperatively shape and regulate the European security environment: a “new deal” so to speak, to enable Europe and the East-West relations move forward. The South Caucasus, as part of the bridge between Russia and Europe, needs to find its place within this discussion. The second aim of this workshop is to bring South Caucasus experts to define this role cooperatively. We hope that through this workshop, the diverse representatives of South Caucasus political authorities will see the benefit of strategic unity.
This workshop has two purposes: the first is to lead the representatives of the South Caucasus to better consider the role of their region as a unified force to help shape security outcomes that matter to them. The second is to consider developing, based upon a review of the reasons for failure of past attempts, a new workable agreement over European security, and to assess its potential implications for the South Caucasus region. Such a “New Deal” would govern Trans-Atlantic, European, and Eurasian relations within the context of a new European order resulting from a peaceful transformation process. This exercise should involve EU, US, Russian and Turkish representatives in addition to our South Caucasus participants.