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The EU and Conflict Resolution

Promoting Peace in the Backyard, 1st Edition

By Nathalie Tocci


218 pages

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Through the study of five ethno-political conflicts lying on or just beyond Europe's borders, this book analyzes the impact and effectiveness of EU foreign policy on conflict resolution.

Conflict resolution features strongly as an objective of the European Union's foreign policy. In promoting this aim, the EU's geographical focus has rested primarily in its beleaguered backyard to the south and to the east. Taking a strong comparative approach, Nathalie Tocci explores the principal determinants of conflict dynamics in Cyprus, Turkey, Serbia-Montenegro, Israel-Palestine and Georgia in order to assess the impact of EU contractual ties on them. The volume includes topical analyzis based on first-hand experience, in-depth interviews with all the relevant actors and photography in ongoing conflict areas in the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans and the Caucasus. This revealing study shows that the gap between EU potential and effectiveness often rests in the specific manner in which the EU collectively chooses to conduct its contractual relations.

The EU and Conflict Resolution will be of interest to all readers who wish to acquire an excellent understanding of the EU's impact on conflict contexts and will appeal to scholars of European politics, security studies and conflict resolution.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The EU’s Role in Conflict Resolution: A Framework of Analysis 3. The Missed Opportunity to Promote Reunification in Cyprus 4. Ebbs and Flows in the Europeanization of Turkey’s Kurdish Question 5. Mixed Signals to Serbia and Montenegro 6. The Glaring Gap between Rhetoric and Reality in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 7. Caught Between Neglect and Competing Mediation in Georgia’s Secessionist Conflicts 8. Comparing the EU’s Role in Neighbourhood Conflicts 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Nathalie Tocci is a Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, Italy.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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