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The European Union as a collective actor in the Common Foreign and Security Policy? A case study on the intervention in Libya in 2011

Rössner, F. (2015) The European Union as a collective actor in the Common Foreign and Security Policy? A case study on the intervention in Libya in 2011.

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Abstract:The European Union has undergone considerable modification with the coming into force of the treaty of Lisbon in 2009. The CFSP has been redefined with the aim of creating an institution that could coordinate the foreign affairs policies of the Member States and thus, raise their efficiency. Shortly after the institutional modification of this policy field, the EU faced the challenge of dealing with the severe conflicts in their neighborhood that were triggered from the Arab Spring. Thus they had the opportunity to test the effectiveness of the new CFSP of playing an important role in international crisis management and in coordinating the EU Member States. However, Member States had difficulty in finding a common position within the EU Framework. This controversy poses a great obstacle for the EU’s influence on global conflicts and at the same time undermines the credibility of the CFSP as an international actor of security policy. The thesis will therefore focus on the limits and constraints of the EU to deal with international crises as collective actor in the CFSP by looking at the example of the Libya intervention in 2011.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67847
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