Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, the EU has responded by re-engaging with the Union’s neighbouring countries. This builds on the assumption that bringing them into the European family of liberal democracies will increase the resilience of the whole European community against external negative interference.
RE-ENGAGE’s overarching ambition is to assist the EU in refining its foreign policy toolbox, including its enlargement and neighbourhood policies. This will enhance the Union’s geopolitical leverage and provide better tools for democracy promotion in its neighbourhood. To achieve this goal, RE-ENGAGE will conduct in-depth studies in six candidate countries – three in the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia) and three in the Eastern Neighbourhood (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs is the project coordinator, while the Centre for Advanced Study Sofia is involved as a partner institution coordinating the research activities related to the Western Balkans.
The other project participants are the following institutions: European Council on Foreign Relations, Institute of International Relations Prague (Czech Republic), Sant’Anna – School of Advanced Studies Pisa (Italy), Lund University (Sweden), Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (Georgia), Ukrainian European Studies Association (Ukraine), Moldova State University (Moldova).