WiSe 18/19: EU-Foreign Policy in Action: EU ambitions and practices in conflict management
With the Lisbon Treaty (2009) and the foundation of the EEAS many politicians and experts hoped a more coherent and effective foreign policy would become possible, not least in the realm of CSDP and ... read more
With the Lisbon Treaty (2009) and the foundation of the EEAS many politicians and experts hoped a more coherent and effective foreign policy would become possible, not least in the realm of CSDP and especially in conflict management. EU CSDP missions and operations -- more than 30 cases up to date -- have been launched, extended or finished across the immediate as much as the extended neighbourhood. Most of these were -- according to official EU statements and resepctive mandates -- initiated to contribute to some sort of "conflict management" in the sense of contributing to stabilizing societies, states and regions as to facilitate a transformation of conflictual intra- and inter-state political and social relation possibly by a continuous process of peaceful change.
From a comparative perspective, this course focusses on the following guiding research questions: 1) What are the features of EU conflict management throughout its missions and operations and related policies (development, human rights, rule of law etc.)? 2) How effective are the EU's conflict-management policies in terms of a differentiated and systematic evaluation? 3) Which factors impact on the effectiveness of these efforts, and specifically what significance can be ascribed to the EU's concepts of "conflict sensitivity" and "comprehensive approach"? 4) How does the EU perform in comparison to other international actors (states or international organizations)? This seminar is directly embedded into the EU-Horizon 2020 research project 'EUNPACK: EU Crisis response' and thus is connecting ongoing internationally-based research with university teaching.