A New Start for EU Peacemaking?

TitleA New Start for EU Peacemaking?
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitlePast Record and Future Potential
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAltpeter, C, Johansson, E, Kreutz, J, Lindberg, S, Lindgren, M, Padskocimaite, A, Wallensteen, P
VolumeUCDP Paper 7
Number of Pages78 pp.
PublisherUppsala University
CityUppsala
ISBN978-91-506-2148-8
Accession Number1592
Abstract

In recent years, EU and its member states have increasingly become involved in armed conflicts, but not in peacemaking. This result is presented in a new report by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program UCDP at the Uppsala University, Sweden. The researchers find that EU as a peace project should take on a more proactive role, and they call for a new doctrine for peacebuilding.The Lisbon Treaty has equipped the European Union with more tools in the field of foreign and security policy and provides for a new beginning for Europe in international peacemaking. In this report a team of researchers at the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) demonstrates that there is a need for such a new start. In the documentation of EU engagement in international affairs, the report finds the record to be below expectations. The report also asserts that there is a potential for the EU to take on a more significant international role.The report recommends that the EU should refocus its international conflict activity to constructive engagements for peace and security; make more use of, and develop, its crisis management capacities; and strengthen its performance in peacekeeping. These dimensions of peacebuilding should be integrated into a new doctrine of international conflict resolution, firmly rested on the values expressed in the Lisbon Treaty. Furthermore, the EU should emphasise its role as a leading force for human rights and democracy by making its actions more effective; draw on the competence of the entire Union; and make its goals clearer and increase its visibility when cooperating with other international bodies.

URLhttp://www.pcr.uu.se/research/ucdp/publications/
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