Publications

Policy brief: Public Perceptions of the EU’s Role in Crisis Management in South Mitrovica

A key challenge for the EU in Mitrovica is the discrepancy between how the population in the now legally divided North and South of Mitrovica perceives the role of the EU in this conflict area. While the population in North Mitrovica is moderately to highly sceptical of the EU’s involvement (see Bátora et al 2017), citizens in South Mitrovica are more positive about the Union’s role.

Policy brief: Public Perceptions of the EU’s Role in Crisis Management in North Mitrovica

In the empirically oriented analyses of the EU’s field-level contribution to the management of the Kosovo-Serbia crises, EUNPACK WP 5 has focused on a selection of sites in Northern Kosovo, including the bridges in Mitrovica. The choice of the latter relates to the fact that Mitrovica has a mixed Kosovo-Albanian and Kosovo-Serb population that is fairly clearly divided by the river Ibar and the bridges across the river have been a source of tension, albeit to differing degrees.

 

Policy brief: A summary of perception studies in Ukraine

This policy brief presents the results of a perception study that assessed how local stakeholders in Ukraine considered the EU’s approach to crisis management and its commitments to local ownership and conflict sensitivity. The data for this study were collected through a quota-based survey conducted in selected locations across Ukraine in July 2017.

Policy brief: Perceptions about the EU crisis response in Mali

This policy brief provides a bottom-up analysis of the impact of the European Union’s (EU) crisis response in Mali. It examines how the EU’s engagement in crisis response is received and perceived by different local actors throughout the conflict cycle. The Malian crisis is cross-dimensional, and the EU’s engagement in Mali also includes many different sectors and aspects.

Policy brief: Perceptions about the EU’s Crisis Response in Libya

Within the EU’s approach to crisis management, it is crucial to consider the point of view of all stakeholders to ensure that the crisis response is in line with European commitments towards local ownership and conflict sensitivity. This EUNPACK Policy Brief discusses the perceptions of those who have been exposed to the EU’s responses to the crisis unfolding in Libya. It is based on the results of a survey completed in the summer of 2017 by 228 respondents.

Policy Brief: Summarizing perception studies in Afghanistan

A total of 300 respondents from three categories with 100 each, namely:  people in the community with EUPOL trained police assigned in the area, stakeholders from implementing ministries, and police officers involved or who were mentored/trained by EUPOL.  

Policy brief: Perceptions about the EU crisis response in Iraq

This policy brief provides a bottom-up analysis of the impact of the European Union’s (EU) crisis response policies in Iraq. It examines how the EU’s engagement in crisis response is received and perceived by different local actors throughout the conflict cycle. The EU’s engagement in Iraq is multifaceted and encapsulates, but is not limited to, the fields of reform; capacity building; rule of law; security sector reform; humanitarian assistance; and development aid.

Biannual newsletter #3

The third biannual newsletter of the EUNPACK project reports on field research on Libya, previews the project's first European Café Debate in Kharkiv (21 October), and looks back at a Research Meets Policy Seminar and a Peacebuilding Forum, both in Brussels. 

Activity report: First EU Crisis Response Policy Forum

The EU’s new Global Strategy on Foreign & Security Policy (EUGS) stresses responsible and decisive crisis response by the Union. But how can the EU make good on these lofty goals? This was the central question at EUNPACK’s first ‘Research meets policy’ forum on EU crisis response. The event took place in Brussels on 26 September 2016 at CEPS in Brussels.

How the EU is facing crises in its neighbourhood: Evidence from Libya and Ukraine

This working paper explores how the EU has reacted to the security crises erupting in its neighbourhood. Among the analyses of the crisis response mechanisms progressively put in place by the different EU institutions, in fact, the neighbourhood area deserves special attention given the EU’s ambition to build a security community – through processes of security community building – which extends to both its east and south (Rieker 2016). With a view to exploring whether such a strong commitment has been backed by adequate means and policies, the paper examines two cases in particular, i.e.

The EU's Crisis Management in the Kosovo-Serbia crises

The purpose of this paper is to map the development of the EU’s crisis management throughout the various stages of the Kosovo-Serbia crisis. The key argument proposed here is that the EU’s crisis management structures and processes have co-evolved with the Kosovo crisis between 1991 and 2017. Throughout its various stages, the crisis has been a source of learning and adaptation, providing key stimuli in the development of the EU’s crisis management structures.

Biannual Newsletter #2

The second EUNPACK newsletter summarises a seminar in Bamako, Mali, and a conference in Erbil, Iraq, and provides links to an opinion piece about Mosul after IS and to the first two research papers under the project. The first deals with best practices in EU crisis response and policy implementation, and the second with understanding the EU’s crisis response toolbox and decision-making processes.

Best practices in EU crisis response and policy implementation

This report has two aims. First, to take stock of how the Europen External Action Sercvice (EEAS) and the Commission have institutionalized lessons-learned mechanism. Second, to discuss the extent to which these mechanisms and practices incorporate the EU’s ambitions for a ‘conflict-sensitive’ and ‘comprehensive’ crisis-response approach.

Understanding the EU’s crisis response toolbox and decision-making processes

This report provides an overview of current EU crisis-response capacity. It describes the institutional framework and the decision-making processes, placing the main emphasis on the capacity at the EU level. It also discusses how and to what extent the EU has developed institutional capacities for coordinating its activities with other international organizations (NATO, UN, AU, etc.) as well as with individual member-state activities in this area. Finally, it discusses how the EU deals with conflict sensitivity in its key documents.