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The EU as a Global Actor in Good Governance and Counter-Terrorism in the Sahel Region. A Case Study on Mali and Niger.

Maibaum, M. (2016) The EU as a Global Actor in Good Governance and Counter-Terrorism in the Sahel Region. A Case Study on Mali and Niger.

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Abstract:In recent years, terrorist movements have increasingly challenged the governmental structures of the EU’s wider neighbourhood and became a threat not only for the people of the Sahel region, but also for European citizens. Therefore, this study tackles the overall question: To what extent can the EU’s external action policies in the field of good governance contribute to the reduction of terroristic activities in Mali and Niger? Using a systematic and comparative legal approach, the scope of the EU’s development cooperation and the Common Foreign and Security Policy in the field of good governance and counter-terrorism will be assessed. Afterwards, the political and security situation in Mali and Niger will be presented, focussing on governance structures and terroristic activities. Based on these legal and theoretical insights an analysis of the cooperation framework between the EU and Mali as well as Niger, namely the Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel, will follow. Apart from the legal framework, the actual implementation will be assessed using EU policy documents. Overall, this study comes to the conclusion that the EU’s engagement on good governance actually plays a part in the reduction of terroristic activities in Niger and Mali.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 86 law, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70401
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