The EU and conflict resolution in South Caucasus
In collaboration with the Amsterdam Center for European Studies
This afternoon, we explore and evaluate the EU’s role in conflict resolution in South Caucasus with Toivo Klaar, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia.
The unresolved conflicts of Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia continue being one of the main security threats that the EU is facing in its eastern neighbourhood and although they have been in low intensity, they still remain relevant because of the risks they pose due to geographic proximity, crime and trafficking, energy resources and Russia’s role. The event will shed light on the EU’s role in these conflicts and will highlight the different tools and policies that have been deployed such as for example the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and its revisions, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) as well as Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions. Mr Klaar will share insights from his personal experience in co-chairing and participating on behalf of the EU in the Geneva International Discussions on the consequences of the 2008 conflict in Georgia. He will also draw on his previous experience as Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia.
About the speaker
Toivo Klaar is currently the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia. Before that he was the Head of the Central Asia Division at the European External Action Service (EEAS) and also the Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia. He is a senior diplomat with extensive experience both in the EEAS and in the Estonian diplomatic service.
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