1st Edition

The European Union and Military Conflict Management Defining, evaluating and achieving success

By Annemarie Peen Rodt Copyright 2014
    192 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides the first comprehensive review of the European Union’s role in military conflict management beyond its borders and makes an important contribution to debates on the EU’s role in global security governance.

    The EU has launched five military operations within the framework of its Common Security and Defence Policy with the explicit purpose to help manage violent conflicts beyond its borders. This book develops a definition and a set of criteria for success in military conflict management and applies this new analytical framework in a comparative case study of the five EU military operations undertaken in Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and the Central African Republic. Having evaluated their success the book goes on to explore the conditions under which military conflict management operations conducted by international organizations are successful and explores the implications of its findings for the future theory and practice of military conflict management.

    The European Union and Military Conflict Management will be of interest to students and scholars of security studies, conflict studies, European Union politics and foreign policy and global security governance.

    1. Introduction  2. Defining success in military conflict management  3. Conditions for success – a theoretical discussion  4. Internal success for the European Union  5. Limited success in managing violent conflict  6. Internal conditions for success  7. External conditions for success  8. Conclusion


     Annemarie Peen Rodt is Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University, Denmark.

    This path-breaking new book proposes a robust scholarly definition of 'success' in EU military missions - and outlines precise criteria under which success might be predicted. Through a rigorous evaluation of internal and external context and appropriateness behind each mission, Peen Rodt offers the first real blueprint for a scientific assessment of CSDP's impact on the ground.

    Professor Jolyon Howorth, Yale University

    The European Union and Military Conflict Management critically assesses all of the EU’s military conflict management operations of the last decade to tackle one of the most hotly contested issues in the study of the EU’s international role. Peen Rodt expertly draws together a wealth of material that superbly combines comprehensiveness with analytical rigour to allow for a definitive evaluation of the EU’s role in global security governance.

    Professor Richard G. Whitman, University of Kent

    Although the book was certainly conceived for academic readers, members of the armed forces and practitioners, it could well be addressed to a general public: the methodological issues are presented in a very straightforward and concise way, illuminating the very narrow theme. Overall, the book strengthens a general awareness of EU military conflict management, and is bound to impact on future EU military operational experiences within the CSDP.

    Aldo Liga, The International Spectator