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 as ‘all things to all people’, making it hard for the EU and international institutions to make 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 as 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’, especially the person’s sense of what constitutes a ‘good life’, may be the most appropriate focus for understanding change and strategic adaptation in response to it. This understanding widens the scope of discussion from what makes an entity, system or 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.
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