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.