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

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.

Coordinator

NORSK UTENRIKSPOLITISK INSTITUTT

Address

C J Hambros Plass 2d
0164 Oslo

Norway

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 913 114,25

Participants (12)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 466 676

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 145 192,50

CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 200 391

UNIVERZITA KOMENSKEHO V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 84 180

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 152 773,75

BEOGRADSKI CENTAR ZA BEZBEDNOSNU POLITIKU UDRUZENJE

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 58 203

KOSOVAR CENTRE FOR SECURITY STUDIES

Kosovo

EU Contribution

€ 57 734

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KYIV-MOHYLA ACADEMY

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 60 078

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 101 566

ALLIANCE POUR REFONDER LA GOUVERNANCE EN AFRIQUE ARGA

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 60 078

MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Iraq

EU Contribution

€ 112 110

AFGANISTAN RESEARCH AND EVALUATION UNIT (AREU)

Afghanistan

EU Contribution

€ 83 577,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 693337

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2016

  • End date

    31 March 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 495 678,75

  • EU contribution

    € 2 495 674

Coordinated by:

NORSK UTENRIKSPOLITISK INSTITUTT

Norway