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European Conflict Settlement : A Study about the European Union’s Performance in Conflict Settlement in the Framework of the European Security and Defence Policy

Sucker, Lena (2009) European Conflict Settlement : A Study about the European Union’s Performance in Conflict Settlement in the Framework of the European Security and Defence Policy.

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Abstract:Within the global security domain several significant changes have been taking place which also influence the European Union (EU) due to its broad mandate. Particularly the comprehension of the nature of security, threats and conflicts has changed strongly. Security is no longer solely a concern of single nation states. It is more and more a matter of international organisations, whose members obligated themselves to find solutions in interaction with the other member states. Also, the definition of threats gets broader, including now concepts like cyber‐attacks, proliferation, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. And finally, conflicts are not longer interstate issues, but they emerge within nation states due to ethnical differences. The EU has been required to take action according to these changes, in order to become a global security entity. However, it is questionable whether the EU manages to deal with the changes and to adjust their strategies to them. Therefore, it is examined throughout this report ‘In how far the EU is able to deal with the present security issues in the framework of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).’ In order to conduct the research a two‐pronged approach is used. First, a judgment concerning the EU’s performance in conflict settlement is given, based on an analysis of the degree of implementation of the Headline Goals (HGs) 2010. And, in a next step the validity and reliability of this judgment is examined by using various methodological approaches that are connected to the topic. Due to the dispersion, caused by using on the one hand the HGs and on the other hand various methodological approaches, a more comprehensive and dependable outcome will be reached.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60151
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