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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Good Intentions, Mixed Results – A Conflict Sensitive Unpacking of the EU Comprehensive Approach to Conflict and Crisis Mechanisms

Conflict
 
Conflict Resolution
 
European Union
 
Foreign Policy
 
Institutions
 
Security
 
Critical Theory
 
Comparative Perspective
 
Panel Number
P150
Panel Chair
Pernille Rieker
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
Panel Co-Chair
Kari M. Osland
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Time
07/09/2017 11:00 - 12:40
Location
Building: BL07 P.A. Munchs hus Floor: 1 Room: PAM SEM4
Abstract
This panel presents the first results int he H2020 EUNPACK project. The aim of the project is to unpack EU crisis response mechanisms, with the aim to increase their conflict sensitivity and efficiency. By combining bottom–up perspectives with an institutional approach, EUNPACK will increase our understanding of how EU crisis responses function and are received on the ground in crisis areas. This entails exploring local agencies and perceptions in target countries without losing sight of the EU’s institutions and their expectations and ambitions. It also entails examining the whole cycle of crisis, from pre-crisis, through crisis, and into post-crisis phase. EUNPACK analyses two gaps in EU crisis response. First, the intentions–implementation gap, which relates to 1) the capacity to make decisions and respond with one voice and to deploy the necessary resources, 2) how these responses are implemented on the ground by various EU institutions and member states, and 3) how other actors – local and international – enhance or undermine the EU’s activities. Second, the project addresses the gap between the implementation of EU policies and approaches, and how these policies and approaches are received and perceived in target countries, what we refer to as the implementation¬–local reception/perceptions gap. Our main hypothesis is that the severity of the two gaps is a decisive factor for the EU’s impacts on crisis management and thereby its ability to contribute more effectively to problem-solving on the ground. We analyse these gaps through cases that reflect the variation of EU crisis responses in three concentric areas surrounding the EU: the enlargement area (Kosovo, Serbia), the neighbourhood area (Ukraine, Libya), and the extended neighbourhood (Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan). The results of our research will enable us to present policy recommendations fine-tuned to making the EU’s crisis response mechanisms more conflict and context sensitive, and thereby more efficient and sustainable.

Paper List


Title Details
EU Crisis Response in the Balkans: The Case of Kosovo and Serbia View Paper Details
EU Crisis Response in the Extended Neighborhood (Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali) View Paper Details
The EU and Crisis Management: Conceptualizing Crises Management as an Institutional Vernacular View Paper Details
Towards a Conflict Sensitive EU Crisis Response? View Paper Details
While the Neighbourhood Flares Up: EU’s Response to Crisis and Conflict in Libya and Ukraine View Paper Details
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