A New Start for EU Peacemaking?
|Title||A New Start for EU Peacemaking?|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Past Record and Future Potential|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Altpeter, C, Johansson, E, Kreutz, J, Lindberg, S, Lindgren, M, Padskocimaite, A, Wallensteen, P|
|Volume||UCDP Paper 7|
|Number of Pages||78 pp.|
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.