Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations
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Parliamentary Cooperation and Diplomacy in EU External Relations

An Essential Companion

Edited by Kolja Raube, Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Jan Wouters

In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world, the role of parliaments in external affairs remains a relatively under explored topic of research. The multiple patterns of global governance are mostly dominated by the executive branches of government, with parliaments relegated to the sidelines. This insightful book aims to challenge this dominant perspective and demonstrate the increased networking of parliaments both within the EU and with external actors outside the EU. It not only sheds light on EU parliamentary cooperation and networking, but also reveals the growing scope and role of parliamentary scrutiny, control and conflict mediation.
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Chapter 25: Inter-parliamentary cooperation in post-Soviet space: exploring blind spots of regional dynamics

Irina Petrova


The chapter argues that regional competition between the EU and Russia unfolds on several levels and, whereas much attention has been paid to the executive level, inter-parliamentary cooperation in the post-Soviet space remains understudied. Yet the latter has contributed to regional dynamics and has served as a channel of Russian foreign policy in its neighbourhood. Analysis of political, economic and security cooperation in the framework of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization demonstrated an important role of inter-parliamentary cooperation in promotion of Russian international narratives, legitimization of elections, facilitation of the regional economic integration and supporting the remaining elements of common identity. It is concluded that, building on two decades of parliamentary cooperation in the CIS, recently the Russian parliament has started to actively establish itself as an active participant in international parliamentary diplomacy.

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