Theorizing the EU's Role in Regional Conflict Management

European Security, Vol 19, No 4, pp. 361-376, 2010

36 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2014 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014

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Michael Schulz

University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies

Fredrik Söderbaum

University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies; United Nations University, Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This article seeks to contribute to the underdeveloped discussion about the way we theorise and conceptualise externally induced peace and security operations in regional conflict, with a particular focus on the EU's role. The framework draws on three theoretical components emphasised in this special issue: the construction of conflict, security governance and the impact of EU security practices. The EU's construction of the conflict is tightly linked to decisions about the mode of security governance and here we need to pay more attention to the often-neglected relationship between the external intervening party and the parties in conflict that are subject to the intervention. Furthermore, the impact of peace operations are usually analysed in terms of implementation and coordination failures, and in our view it is necessary to step back and address the construction of the criteria by which interventions are assessed – in particular, the way intervening actors construct and define ‘success and failure’.

Suggested Citation

Schulz, Michael and Söderbaum, Fredrik, Theorizing the EU's Role in Regional Conflict Management (2010). European Security, Vol 19, No 4, pp. 361-376, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399868

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