European neighbourhood policy, as a hegemonic project: the case of Ukraine

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Citation Formats
S. E. Özdilek, “European neighbourhood policy, as a hegemonic project: the case of Ukraine,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2009.