The European Union and Military Conflict Management

Defining, evaluating and achieving success

By Annemarie Peen Rodt

© 2014 – Routledge

176 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780415714785
pub: 2014-04-04

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About the Book

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.


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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Security and Governance

International Editorial Board

Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University, Richard Caplan, University of Oxford
Neta Crawford, Boston University, Stuart Croft, University of Warwick, Donatella della Porta, European University Institute, Michael Doyle, Columbia University, Lynn Eden, Stanford University, Takashi Inoguchi, Chuo University and University of Tokyo, Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington, Keith Krause, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Bruce Russett, Yale University, Timothy Sisk, University of Denver, Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto, Stephen Stedman, Stanford University and Mark Zacher, University of British Columbia

This series publishes high quality original research that reflects broadening conceptions of security and the growing nexus between the study of governance issues and security issues. Scholarship published in the series will meet the highest academic standards, and will be both theoretically innovative and policy-relevant. Work appearing in the series will be at the cutting edge of debates taking place at the intersection of security studies and governance studies.

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