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The European Union in the Arab-Israeli Conflict - Dominant Mediator or Toothless Tiger?

Trubman, Illya (2019) The European Union in the Arab-Israeli Conflict - Dominant Mediator or Toothless Tiger?

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Abstract:This thesis addresses the question of what role(s) the EU hade in the Arab – Israeli Conflict since the development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and how the conflicting parties perceive this. By applying a qualitative mixed-method approach of literature analyses and semi-structured interviews this research aims at exploring what objectives, competences and means the Union has to intervene and assist in solving international conflicts, to what extend the EU policy changed during major confrontations between Israel and the Palestinians and gives a platform to ambassadors of the conflicting parties and an EU diplomat to elaborate on their perceptions of the role the EU plays in this conflict. The analyzed conflict is distinguished for the reason that it is neither a war between two countries nor a civil war; it is truly a conflict ‘sui generis’. For the reason that it remains unsolved for over 71 years now, it draws international and academic attention. This thesis opens new trajectories to the conflict resolution and contributes to the academic discussion of it by analyzing in detail how the Union uses its position as a powerful organization in order to intervene and assist in its resolution, evaluating its concrete approach in two recent significant violent confrontations between Israel and Hamas.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78671
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