EMBRACing changE: Overcoming obstacles and advancing democracy in the European Neighbourhood

01 October 2022 → 30 September 2025
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • European union politics
Other information
Project description

Since the colour revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, and the Arab Spring in MENA, few countries in the European neighbourhood have made progress in democratisation. Instead, reverse trends towards de-democratisation and il-liberalisation can be observed. The EU-funded EMBRACE project will investigate obstacles to democratisation in the European neighbourhood and identify ways to overcome them. It will examine various types of blockages (behavioural, institutional, structural) and study the cultural, historical and geopolitical contexts in which they emerge. The project will engage partners from EU and non-EU countries. Its work will include the development of an innovative policy toolkit supporting the EU’s efforts in promoting democracy in its Eastern and Southern neighbourhood.

Role of Ghent University
The Ghent University research group in the project is composed by Prof. Fabienne Bossuyt and Dr. Laura Luciani. They will contribute to the project’s thematic clusters on democratisation and economic modernization in authoritarian countries, as well as on blockages to democracy and peace in post-war contexts – with a focus on Azerbaijan and Armenia respectively. The Ghent University research group is also the regional co-lead institution for fieldwork and stakeholder engagement regarding the South Caucasus.
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