Politics and International Relations


Eske is a Lecturer in East European Politics at the School of Politics and International Relations, and Research Assistant to the H2020 UPTAKE project. She completed her PhD research in 2016, with a thesis on bargaining power in relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan. Her research focuses on changing power dynamics between the EU and non-EU states in the post-Soviet region, looking at strategies of resistance and negotiation. Case studies include Democracy and Human Rights promotion policies, agenda-setting of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and negotiations over the Association Agreement.

Eske is part of the Global Europe Centre at Kent, and holds professional membership of BASEES, UACES, BISA as well as ISA. In 2016, she was awarded the University of Kent Research Prize for Postgraduate research, and shortlisted for the Kent Union Teaching Awards.

Contact Information


Rutherford S3.E8

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  • Korosteleva, E., E. van Gils and I. Merheim-Eyre (forthcoming). 'Rethinking EU governance in the Eastern Partnership region: From hegemony to cohabitation'. In: Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy. Edited by S. Gstohl and S. Schunz.
  • Van Gils, E. and E. Yörük (forthcoming, 2016). ‘The World Bank’s social assistance recommendations for developing and transition countries: containment of political unrest and mobilization of political support’. Current Sociology.
  • Korosteleva, E., E. Van Gils, I. Merheim-Eyre and I. Mnatsakanyan (2015). Towards European Global Security Strategy: challenges and opportunities. House of Lords’ call for evidence ‘The strategic review of the EU’s foreign and security policy’. URL: http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/eu-external-affairs-subcommittee/strategic-review-of-the-eus-foreign-and-security-policy/written/22061.html Furthermore published as Global Europe Centre Policy Paper, Riga Summit Policy Paper
  • Merheim-Eyre, I., Van Gils, E. and L. Janulewicz (eds.) (2014,). All things to all people? Internal and external approaches to Europeanisation: Workshop proceedings. Global Europe Centre, University of Kent.
  • Van Gils, E., (2012). Belarus, de Europese Unie en Rusland: keert Belarus zich voorgoed naar het oosten? (Belarus, the European Union and Russia: Will Belarus make a final turn eastwards?) Internationale Spectator, 66 (3): 153-155.
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Research Interests

  • European Union external policies
  • Eastern Partnership
  • Azerbaijan

PhD research title: 'Establishing the rules of the game: Bargaining power in relations between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan'

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