The EU's responses to conflicts in its wider neighbourhood : human or European security?

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Abstract

The conflicts in the EU's wider neighbourhood, within and between the “neighbours’ neighbours”, have been on the EU's foreign and security policy agenda for some time and offer a useful set of cases to examine rival claims in the existing literature about the extent to which the EU's foreign and security policy is driven by human or European security imperatives. In order to understand how and why the EU has responded to these conflicts, we initially present an overview of all conflicts among and between the neighbours’ neighbours, broken down first by sub-region and then by conflict type. We then discuss the EU's responses to these conflicts and offer a comparative analysis, with a view to describing and explaining existing variation in terms of the EU's responses and their impact. We find that the Union's response is most in line with a human security approach in relation to those conflicts where it perceives to have the greatest interests at stake.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-226
JournalGlobal Society
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date2 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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