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Book chapter

The EU’s concept of resilience in the context of EU-Russia relations

Romanova T. A., Pavlova E. B.

This chapter aims at identifying the specificity of the EU’s policy towards Russia today as it comes out in Brussels’s interpretation of resilience. To achieve this goal, this chapter uses contemporary academic debates on the concept of resilience and on pragmatism. The chapter then identifies with the help of critical discourse analysis[1] the most important connotations of the resilience concept in EU foreign policy documents as well as in the commentaries which clarify how these documents were developed. The section that follows is devoted to the normative dimension of the EU’s concept of resilience while the third section describes Russian activities in the international arena as a threat to the EU’s resilience and looks at how this conceptualisation of resilience leads to the perpetuation of geopolitical competition in the shared neighbourhood. The chapter concludes by reflecting on how future EU-Russia relations might develop on the basis of the concept of resilience.