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EU Security Missions and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

1st Edition

By Amr Nasr El-Din


178 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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This book explores and analyses the various factors that affected the formulation of the common EU policy towards the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP), as well as the specifics of the process by which the EU created EUPOL COPPS and EUBAM Rafah. It answers two central questions: firstly, why and how did the EU decide to create and deploy these missions? Secondly, where do these two missions fit into the general EU approach to the conflict in the Middle East?

Based on confidential interviews with various actors in the process, uniquely granted to the author, it reveals the mechanics of decision-making behind the scenes and argues that the EU decision to expand its role in the MEPP, through the creation of the two missions, was closely related to the EU’s defined common interests in the Middle East. Further it shows, the missions were, mainly, the result of the EU’s already established approaches to further its role in the international political arena.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European foreign policy, EU Politics, Middle East politics and studies, foreign policy analysis, and more broadly to international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The EU Foreign Policy Formulation Process: Intergovernmentalism and Supra-Nationalism

3. The EU Foreign Policy Machinery: Who Does What and How?

4. A Never-Ending Story: The EU and the Middle East Conflict

5. Seeking a Role or Seeking Reform: EUPOL COPPS and the Palestinian Authority Security Sector Reform

6. Securing Borders, Securing Roles: EUBAM Rafah and the EU’s Role at the Gaza Border Crossing

7. In Search of Answers

Postscript: Whatever Happened to EUPOL COPPS and EUBAM Rafah?

About the Author

Amr El-Sayed Nasr El-Din El-Sayed is a former DAAD scholar at Universität Osnabrück, Germany, where he earned his PhD. He is currently a Diplomat at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy

The European foreign policy series publishes cutting edge work on Europe’s role in global politics. Europe and the EU now face multiple challenges including: a changing power structure within international relations, tensions in transatlantic relations; a new politics of climate change; continuing conflict in the Middle East; assertive Russian action in Ukraine and other countries on the EU’s eastern borders; and the euro’s impact on the EU’s global power.

Additionally, the Union’s own internal institutional processes have undergone far-reaching change in recent years, new ambitions for the EU in its Global Strategy and a plethora of strategies has been introduced covering Asia, trade, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights, geo-economics, and other regions and topics.

This series addresses the standard range of conceptual and theoretical questions related to European foreign policy. At the same time, in response to the intensity of new policy developments, it endeavors to ensure that it also has a topical flavor, addressing the most important and evolving challenges to European foreign policy, in a way that will be relevant to the policy-making and think-tank communities.

Key topics include:

  • The EU’s responses to the emergence of a new geopolitics in the Middle East;

  • European and EU policy towards the east, as it grapples with conflict in Ukraine and instability elsewhere across the region covered by the Eastern Partnership;

  • Europe’s changing engagement with rising powers, and in particular with Asia;

  • Transatlantic relations;

  • The foreign policy impact of the EU’s internal crisis;

  • The new Energy Union, energy security and climate change;

  • Europe’s relationship to its southern neighbours in the Mediterranean and in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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