EU-STRAT H2020 research project EU-STRAT on the EU and its Eastern neighbourhood Centre of Governance and Culture (GCE-HSG) is part of a consortium of 10 research institutes. EU-STRAT is led by Freie Universität Berlin and Leiden University. Two questions drive research in EU-STRAT: Why has the EU fallen short of creating peace, prosperity and stability in its Eastern neighbourhood? How can the EU strengthen its transformative power to support political and economic change in the Eastern neighbourhood? EU-STRAT addresses these two questions with in-depth research on: the propensity of domestic actors in the varying social orders in the Eastern neighbourhood to engage in political and economic change the effectiveness of the Association Agreements as an instrument of change the impact of bilateral, regional and global interdependencies to shape the preferences of stability or change of domestic actors other external actors’ strategies of promoting political and economic stability or change in the region GCE-HSG contributes with: research on how interdependencies (to Russia, EU and Turkey) affect regime stability a database that pools data on linkages in trade, migration, energy and security among Eastern neighbours and to key regional players conceptualisation of Turkey as an actor in the Eastern neighbourhood study on Turkey’s influence on the social orders in the Eastern neighbourhood through state, business and cultural actors the creation and fostering of regional academic networks The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 693382 for the period April 2016-April 2019.