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The EU as a Peace and Security Actor in Regional Conflict

Magazine article
Authors Fredrik Söderbaum
Meike Froitzheim
Michael Schulz
Published in EU-GRASP Policy Brief Series
Volume March 2012
Issue Issue 9
Publication year 2012
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)
School of Global Studies
Language en
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies), Globalization Studies


An examination of the EU’s engagement in various regional conflicts in Africa and the Middle East shows that the EU often overestimates its own achievements and impact. Due to a general lack of genuine conflict analysis, the EU’s policies are seldom adapted to the complexity of current regional conflicts. This has led to counterproductive effects on the ground. Other weaknesses include both the Union’s internal institutional fragmentation and poor cooperation with other actors. Taken together, the EU tends to be more concerned with establishing a symbolic presence and political representation than achieving real results that may help those affected by ongoing violent conflict.

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