"The EU aspires to manage relations with an array of diverse countries in its vicinity. To this effect, the EU launched the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) in the early 2000s. The ENP has been the most sophisticated and wide- foreign policy initiative of the EU.
Over time, the Policy has evolved a great deal, resulting in a complex pattern of relations of the EU with its neighbors, ranging from cooperation to integration. This reflects the vastly different take-up of the policy in the neighboring countries and their relations with other countries, such as Russia or Turkey. Accordingly, to explore the ENP, it is necessary to combine expertise on the partner countries, EU’s policies and instruments, as well as the role of other regional powers, such as Russia or Saudi Arabia.
Ultimately, understanding the EU’s neighborhood policy hinges on grasping the evolving political, socio-economic, security-related, and cultural dynamics of the EU’s diverse neighborhoods. Therefore, domestic stakeholders, EU institutions, and member states face the ongoing challenge of understanding these dynamics and their policy ramifications.
The complex, dynamic interplay of issues in and around the ENP provides fertile opportunities for scholarly and policy-oriented analyses. Capitalizing on our expertise on the EU as a regional and global actor, Natolin, with its interdisciplinary profile, is an optimal location to seize these opportunities."
Senior Research Fellow