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The miracle solution to conflict management? : The comprehensive approach frameworks of the EU, UN & NATO in comparison.

Köhler, Driss Dylan (2020) The miracle solution to conflict management? : The comprehensive approach frameworks of the EU, UN & NATO in comparison.

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Abstract:The concept of comprehensiveness has been suggested as a new miracle solution for conflict management in response to the complexity and ambiguity of contemporary conflicts. This thesis therefore seeks to gain a holistic understanding of the concept in order to say whether it is, in fact, a miracle solution. To arrive at the conclusion, it pursues a descriptive analysis of the EU’s, UN’s and NATO’s respective Comprehensive Approach (CA) frameworks and an assessment of their functionality in practice in Afghanistan within a comparative research design. Based on a prior inquiry into the concept of comprehensive conflict management, theoretical propositions are leveraged to act as an analytical tool-kit. It is found that the CAs are framed and applied in a largely dissimilar way. The characteristics of comprehensiveness are fulfilled to different extents, mainly based on the specific organizational contexts the approaches stem from. Even though the EU’s and UN’s frameworks are most ambitious, in practice all three organization’s CAs fail to materialize the promises from the policy level. That goes to show that comprehensiveness is by no means a miracle solution, as the organizations’ deficiencies in conflict management cannot be automatically overcome. Nonetheless, comprehensiveness remains a promising concept that should be further pursued.
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/82373
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