Laure Delcour holds a PhD in Political Science and an habilitation à diriger des recherches (Sciences-Po Paris). Her research interests focus on the diffusion and reception of EU norms and policies as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy, as well as region-building processes in Eurasia. She has been involved in EU-funded projects on the ENP/Eastern Partnership, both as a researcher under the H2020 project EU-STRAT ( and as a scientific coordinator of the FP7 project “Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus” (CASCADE,, FMSH, Paris). As part of a French-British research project (EUIMPACTEAST, ANR-ESRC, 2011-2014), she has investigated the EU’s influence on domestic change in four post-Soviet countries (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). She has lectured on EU institutions and decision-making, the European Neighbourhood Policy, EU-Russia relations and Russia’s foreign policy (Sciences-Po Paris; Sciences-Po Strasbourg; INALCO Paris; MGIMO, Moscow).

Selected publications:

  • “Dealing with the elephant in the room: the EU, its ‘eastern neighbourhood’ and Russia”, Contemporary Politics, 24 (1), 2018.
  • The EU and Russia in their “Contested Neighbourhood: Multiple External Influences, Policy Transfer and Domestic Change, London: Routledge, 2017.
  • “Beyond geopolitics: exploring the impact of the EU and. Russia in the “contested neighborhood” (special issue co-edited with E. Ademmer, K. Wolczuk), Eurasian Geography and Economics, (57) 1, 2016.
  • Multiple External Influences and Domestic Change in the Contested Neighborhood”, Eurasian Geography and Economics, (57) 1, 2016.
  • “With a little help from Russia? The European Union and visa liberalization with post-Soviet states” (with E. Ademmer), Eurasian Geography and Economics, (57) 1, 2016.
  • “Between the Eastern Partnership and Eurasian Integration: Explaining Post-Soviet Countries’ Engagement in (Competing) Region-Building Projects”, Problems of Post-Communism, (62) 6, 2015.
  • “Spoiler or Facilitator of Democratization ? Russia’s role in Georgia and Ukraine” (with K. Wolczuk), Democratization, 22(3), 2015
  • “The EU’s Unexpected ‘Ideal Neighbour’? The Perplexing Case of Armenia’s Europeanisation” (with K. Wolczuk), Journal of European Integration, 37 (4), 2015.
  • “Eurasian Economic Integration and Implications for the EU's policy in the Eastern Neighbourhood”, with K. Wolczuk, in: Dragneva, R. and K. Wolczuk (eds.), Eurasian Economic Integration: Law, Policy, and Politics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2013;
  • Shaping the Post-Soviet Space? EU Strategies and Approaches to Region-Building (London, Ashgate, 2011).