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The application of the CSDP framework on the current EU refugee crisis

Oude, C.C. de (2016) The application of the CSDP framework on the current EU refugee crisis.

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Abstract:The CSDP has been established as a crisis management actor aimed at the European neighbourhood. This thesis elaborates on the CSDP and its application and potential with regards to the massive number of lives lost in the Southern Mediterranean since the massive increase of migratory flows in the beginning of 2015. Although the launch of a CSDP operation in this area seems logical, following the legal treaty provisions such as Article 21 TEU on the ‘General Provisions on the Union’s External Action’ and Article 42 and 43 on ‘Provisions on the Common Security and Defence Policy’, some major outcomes and results in Operation Sophia have been disappointing. The main aim of the operation following its mandate has been to focus on the human smuggling networks operating in the Southern Mediterranean, specifically in Libya. However, due to the crisis circumstances in the Mediterranean which require direct action, the main mandate has been neglected to a certain degree. Operation Sophia was launched following a direct crisis which demanded multiple actions. Although the operation sets out high ambitions, unique for a CSDP operation, the ultimate goals seem difficult to reach under the current circumstances.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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