1st Edition

EU Missions and Peacebuilding Building Peace through the Common Security and Defence Policy

By Vladimir Kmec Copyright 2022
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book analyses the European Union’s (EU) approach to peacebuilding in its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions, and explores how this approach impacts the EU’s role in international conflict management.

    Peacebuilding carried out through CSDP instruments has become central to the self-conception of the EU as an actor in international conflict management. EU missions and operations have, for the most part, been deployed to promote peacebuilding efforts in post-conflict situations, in particular through capacity-building, reforms and rebuilding of state structures. This book focuses explicitly on the peacebuilding dimension of the CSDP while exploring why and how the EU has adopted peacebuilding in its CSDP actions as a norm and a practice. It analyses how peacebuilding in EU missions is conceptualised, designed, governed and implemented. The book examines the extent to which EU missions and operations reflect a normative and practical commitment of the EU to peacebuilding – that is to say, the extent to which CSDP instruments have been shaped by international peacebuilding norms and EU foreign policy. Drawing on empirical insights from decision- and policymaking processes in Brussels as well as from missions in Mali and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, this book offers critical perspectives on the EU’s role as an international peacebuilding actor.

    This book will be of much interest to students of European security, EU policy, peace and conflict studies, security studies and international relations.

    1. Introduction: a quest for the EU’s role in (post-)conflict management

    2. The EU and the international turn towards peacebuilding

    3. CSDP machinery and peacebuilding

    4. Deciding on CSDP peacebuilding actions

    5. Peacebuilding through CSDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina: membership-building

    6. Peacebuilding through CSDP in Mali: the long road to peace

    7. Conclusion: towards and beyond peacebuilding in EU missions


    Vladimir Kmec is a Research Associate at the Von Hügel Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK. For his research on peacebuilding and the CSDP, he was awarded the Special Award for European Security and Defence.