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The EU's support for human rights organizations in Lebanon : in the context of security concerns

Stachelhaus, Sara (2019) The EU's support for human rights organizations in Lebanon : in the context of security concerns.

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Abstract:This bachelor thesis addresses the question What are the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union’s support to human rights organizations in Lebanon in the context of security concerns, and how is the impact of the policy perceived by local actors? by combining a qualitative mixed-method design of policy document analysis and semi-structured interviews. This research seeks to explore how the diverse composition of normative and rationalist interests in the EU’s foreign policy is reflected in its policies in support for human rights organizations (HRO) in Lebanon, thereby adding to the scholarly debate about the ‘Normative Power Europe.’ There are two instruments designed to support HROs, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and the European Endowment for Democracy. The substantially bigger European Neighbourhood Instrument is criticized by Lebanese HROs to be unsuited to support their work due to high funding requirements and a clear focus on security and economic development. The EU’s impact is perceived as both positive and negative; the EU’s political support is highlighted as a strength, while a lack of coherence among policies poses a risk to the EU’s human rights agenda. Normative interests are undeniable, but rationalist interests seem to dominate the EU’s agenda.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78680
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