1st Edition

The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager

Edited By Richard Whitman, Stefan Wolff Copyright 2012
    272 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In recent years the European Union (EU) has played an increasingly important role as a manager of global conflicts. This book provides a comprehensive assessment of how the EU has performed in facilitating mediation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding across the globe.

    Offering an accessible introduction to the theories, processes and practice of the EU’s role in managing conflict, the book features a broad range of case studies including Afghanistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Cyprus, Israel-Palestine, Macedonia and Moldova and examines both the institutional and policy aspects including the common foreign, security and defence policy.

    Drawing together a wide range of contributors, this will be of great interest to students of European Foreign Policy, the EU as a global actor and conflict resolution and management.

    Introduction  1. The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager: Capabilities and Context in an Interdependent World Richard G. Whitman and Stefan Wolff Part I. Conceptual Perspectives   2. Institutional Nature of the EU as a Global Conflict Manager
    Carmen Gebhard  3. Transforming CSDP for Global Conflict Management Alistair J. K. Shepherd  Part II. Case Studies  4. The Role of the EU as a Conflict Manager in Cyprus
    James Ker-Lindsay 5. Sub-Saharan Africa: A Priority Region for EU Conflict Management Gorm Rye Olsen  6. The EU and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Asaf Siniver  7. The Limits of EU Conflict Management in the Case of Abkhazia and South Ossetia Richard G. Whitman and Stefan Wolff  8. The EU in Afghanistan Eva Gross  9. The EU as a Reluctant Conflict Manager in Moldova Claire Gordon  10. EU Conflict Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia Annemarie Peen Rodt and Stefan Wolff  Part III. Comparative Perspectives  11. The EU Special Representatives as a Capability for Conflict Management Cornelius Adebahr 12. EU Performance in Military Conflict Management Annemarie Peen Rodt  13. EU Performance in Civilian Crisis Management Nicoletta Pirozzi  Conclusion  14. The EU as a Global Conflict Manager: Reflections on the Past, Perspectives for the Future Richard G. Whitman and Stefan Wolff


    Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK, and a Member of the Governing Council of the European Centre for Minority Issues.

    Richard G. Whitman is Professor of Politics and International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK.

    The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager offers a coherent and detailed assessment of the EU's record in managing various conflicts around the world. The editors combine an analysis of the EU's capabilities with an analysis of the factors shaping specific conflicts, and thus offer a substantive way of assessing the success or failure of EU interventions. Contributors then examine the EU's record in a large number of cases, from Afghanistan to sub-Saharan Africa. The book concludes with a critical analysis of the EU's record (and its limitations as a conflict manager), and provides clear recommendations for improving that record. An important contribution, which should be read by scholars, students and policy-makers across the EU and beyond.

    Karen Smith, London School of Economics

    "As the EU is confronted with crises in its immediate neighbourhood (Libya, Syria…) and simultaneously with a US that appears to be no longer willing to tackle these for the EU, this comprehensive assessment of the EU’s performance as a conflict manager could not be more timely. The lessons which this volume identifies should feed into EU decision-making at this very moment."

    Sven Biscop, Egmont Institute.