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Good intentions, mixed results – A conflict sensitive unpacking of the EU comprehensive approach to conflict and crisis mechanisms

Objective

The EUNPACK project unpacks EU crisis response mechanisms, with the aim to increase their conflict sensitivity and efficiency. By combining bottom–up perspectives with an institutional approach, EUNPACK will increase our understanding of how EU crisis responses function and are received on the ground in crisis areas. This entails exploring local agencies and perceptions in target countries without losing sight of the EU’s institutions and their expectations and ambitions. It also entails examining the whole cycle of crisis, from pre-crisis, through crisis, and into post-crisis phase. EUNPACK analyses two gaps in EU crisis response. First, the intentions–implementation gap, which relates to 1) the capacity to make decisions and respond with one voice and to deploy the necessary resources, 2) how these responses are implemented on the ground by various EU institutions and member states, and 3) how other actors – local and international – enhance or undermine the EU’s activities. Second, the project addresses the gap between the implementation of EU policies and approaches, and how these policies and approaches are received and perceived in target countries, what we refer to as the implementation¬–local reception/perceptions gap. Our main hypothesis is that the severity of the two gaps is a decisive factor for the EU’s impacts on crisis management and thereby its ability to contribute more effectively to problem-solving on the ground. We analyse these gaps through cases that reflect the variation of EU crisis responses in three concentric areas surrounding the EU: the enlargement area (Kosovo, Serbia), the neighbourhood area (Ukraine, Libya), and the extended neighbourhood (Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan). The results of our research will enable us to present policy recommendations fine-tuned to making the EU’s crisis response mechanisms more conflict and context sensitive, and thereby more efficient and sustainable.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/crisis management

Call for proposal

H2020-INT-SOCIETY-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NORSK UTENRIKSPOLITISK INSTITUTT
Address
C J Hambros Plass 2D
0164 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 913 114,25

Participants (12)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 466 676
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 145 192,50
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 200 391
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERZITA KOMENSKEHO V BRATISLAVE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 84 180
Address
Safarikovo Nam 6
814 99 Bratislava
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 152 773,75
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEOGRADSKI CENTAR ZA BEZBEDNOSNU POLITIKU UDRUZENJE
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 58 203
Address
Djure Jaksica 6 Stari Grad
11000 Beograd
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOSOVAR CENTRE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
Kosovo
EU contribution
€ 57 734
Address
Sylejman Vokshi Block B Entry 2-1
10000 Prishtina
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KYIV-MOHYLA ACADEMY
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 60 078
Address
Skovorody Str 2
04655 Kyiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 101 566
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
ALLIANCE POUR REFONDER LA GOUVERNANCE EN AFRIQUE ARGA
Senegal
EU contribution
€ 60 078
Address
Villa 13 2F Cite Des Douanes
Dakar
Activity type
Other
MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Iraq
EU contribution
€ 112 110
Address
Dream City
1186 Erbil
Activity type
Research Organisations
AFGANISTAN RESEARCH AND EVALUATION UNIT (AREU)
Afghanistan
EU contribution
€ 83 577,50
Address
Flower Street Corner Of Street 2 Shahr E Nau
1003 Kabul
Activity type
Other