Resilience in EU and International Institutions
Redefining Local Ownership in a New Global Governance Agenda
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This book explores the concept and practice of resilience that has generated much debate among both scholars and practitioners. The contributions propose a new understanding of resilience, both as a quality and a way of thinking, taking it to the level of ‘the person’ and ‘the local’, to argue that a more sustainable way to govern the world today is bottom-up and inside-out.
While carrying a seemingly unifying message of self-reliance, adaptation and survival in the face of adversity, resilience curiously continues to appear ‘all things to all people’, making it hard for the EU and international institutions to make the full use of its arresting potential. Engendering resilience today, in the highly volatile and uncertain world hit by crises, pandemic, and diminishing control, becomes a priority like never before. This book develops a more comprehensive view of resilience by looking at it both as a quality of the system, and a way of thinking inherent to ‘the local’ that cannot be engineered from the outside. It is argued in this volume that in some cases the level of ‘the person’ may be the most appropriate focus for understanding change and fostering a sense of ‘good life’. This understanding widens the scope of discussion from what makes an entity/system or a person more adaptable, to how one can best govern today to establish a stable equilibrium between ‘the global’ and ‘the local’; the external and the internal, and become more responsive to the challenges and changes of today’s highly uncertain world.
The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal, Contemporary Security Policy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Resilience in EU and international institutions: Redefining local ownership in a new global governance agenda
Elena Korosteleva and Trine Flockhart
PART I. Conceptual Debates
1. Resilience and the role of the European Union in the world
2. Security through societal resilience: Contemporary challenges in the Anthropocene
3. Reclaiming resilience back: A local turn in EU external governance
PART II. Empirical Debates
4. Resilience is "always more" than our practices: Limits, critiques, and scepticism about international intervention
5. A promise not fulfilled: The (non) implementation of the resilience turn in EU peacebuilding
Jonathan Joseph and Ana Juncos
6. Under the guise of resilience: The EU approach to migration and forced displacement in Jordan and Lebanon
Rosanne Anholt and Giulia Sinatti
7. From principle to practice? The resilience-local ownership nexus in the EU Eastern Partnership Policy
Irina Petrova and Laure Delcour
PART III. Theoretical Debates
8. Is this the end? Resilience, ontological security, and the crisis of the liberal international order
9. Russia, rivalry and resilience: Liberal order in crisis and international society in flux
10. Countering precarity: social resilience through the political economy of trust
Conclusion: European vulnerability and the policy dilemmas of resilience in times of coronavirus
Elena Korosteleva is Professor of International Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics, at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent. She is Director of the Global European Centre, and Principal Investigator Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Her recent monograph focused on ‘"The Politics" and "The Political" of the Eastern Partnership Initiative: Reshaping the Agenda’ (Routledge 2018)
Trine Flockhart is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern Denmark and the Director of the Centre for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and founder and President of Women in International Security – Denmark (WIIS-DK). Her research focuses on international order and transformational change, NATO, and European Security. Her article "The Coming Multi-Order World" published in Contemporary Security Policy (2016) was awarded the Bernard Brodie Prize.