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

Deliverables

Policy brief summarizing perception studies in Kosovo

This policy brief will enhance the findings of D5.01 and D5.02 by exploring how EU actions are received and perceived by local actors in Kosovo. It will build on interviews and focus groups with local actors in Pristina and in regions of Kosovo.

Working paper on EU policies towards Serbia and Kosovo

This deliverable will provide a top-down overview of EU crisis response in Serbia and Kosovo throughout the conflict cycle. The focus will be on the institutional dynamics on the EU side including identification of priorities and goals in crisis management; identification and activation of diplomatic and economic tools in the enlargement framework; and coordination mechanisms between the EU-level institutions and member states’ government at various stages of the crisis. The working paper will be based primarily on desk research of official documents and reports as well as on a series of interviews with senior officials in DG NEAR in the European Commission and the EEAS in Brussels.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Afghanistan

This working paper will analyse how the EU and its member states are implementing its crisis response (i. e. the outcome dimension of EU policy-making) on the ground throughout the conflict cycle concerning Afghanistan. The working paper will identify the dynamics between the EU and its member states, division of tasks and compatibility of approaches. How priority areas identified in task 1 are implemented on the ground and who are the main local interlocutors? Is implementation conflict- and context-sensitive and does it address vulnerable groups? The analysis will also take into account actions of other key international actors (UN, NATO, US, AU, BRICS etc.) on the ground to see where and how the EU’s responses fit into the broader international community’s response. The study will analyse internal cohesion of responses (EU and member states) and assess whether EU’s actions are complementary or contradictory with the responses of other actors.

Policy brief summarizing perception studies in Iraq

This policy brief will provide a bottom-up analysis of the impact dimensions of EU crisis response in terms of how it is received and perceived by different local actors in Iraq throughout the conflict cycle. Such a study will identify reception of EU policies at the state level (e.g. reforms, training activities) and whether EU response is corresponding to the needs of the target state (local ownership). At the same time it will also address which non-elite groups are being targeted and how different groups perceive EU responses. Are EU responses perceived as conflict-sensitive and as addressing the needs of vulnerable groups? Is there a difference between reception/perception of the EU and member states? How do EU responses measure up to responses of other international actors?

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Iraq

This working paper will analyse how the EU and its member states are implementing its crisis response (i. e. the outcome dimension of EU policy-making) on the ground throughout the conflict cycle concerning Iraq. The working paper will identify the dynamics between the EU and its member states, division of tasks and compatibility of approaches. How priority areas identified in task 1 are implemented on the ground and who are the main local interlocutors? Is implementation conflict- and context-sensitive and does it address vulnerable groups? The analysis will also take into account actions of other key international actors (UN, NATO, US, AU, BRICS etc.) on the ground to see where and how the EU’s responses fit into the broader international community’s response. The study will analyse internal cohesion of responses (EU and member states) and assess whether EU’s actions are complementary or contradictory with the responses of other actors.

Working paper on EU policies towards Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali

This working paper will provide a top-down overview of EU crisis response regarding the output dimension of EU policy-making across the three cases (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Mali) throughout the conflict cycle. It will entail an analysis of a) how the problem is perceived and defined by the EU and its MS, b) what the EU identifies as its policy goals and priority areas in its response (intent), including diplomatic, economic engagement, c) what the EU defines as appropriate strategies and instruments as part of its CFSP policy (including CSDP).

Working paper on best practices in EU crisis response and policy implementation

This deliverable will analyse the status of the Union’s mechanism for making use of best practices and lessons learnt in the field of crisis response. Thus, the paper will investigate how and to what extent this is being done in different phases of the project: the decision-making process (from the time when a crisis occurs until a decision is made concerning the response), but also how the policy so far has been implemented and followed-up.

Biannual newsletter 5

EUNPACK will produce its own biannual newsletter and distribute that through the coordinated use of partners’ databases.

Working paper mapping the EU crises response toolbox, its institutions and decisionmaking processes

This deliverable will provide an overview of the current EU crisis response capacity. It will describe the current institutional framework and the decision-making processes. It will put emphasis on the capacity at the EU-level, but also investigate the extent to which the Union has developed an institutional capacity to coordinate its activities with other IOs (NATO, UN, AU etc.) as well as with the individual member states activities in this area.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Ukraine

Paper analysing how the EU and EU members states implement crisis response mechanisms in Ukraine throughout the conflict cycle. The researchers conduct fieldwork in Ukraine interviewing EU officials, member states’ representatives and other salient international actors.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Mali

This working paper will analyse how the EU and its member states are implementing its crisis response on the ground (i. e. the outcome dimension of EU policy-making) throughout the conflict cycle concerning Mali. The working paper will identify the dynamics between the EU and its member states, division of tasks and compatibility of approaches. How priority areas identified in task 1 are implemented on the ground and who are the main local interlocutors? Is implementation conflict- and context-sensitive and does it address vulnerable groups? The analysis will also take into account actions of other key international actors (UN, NATO, US, AU, BRICS etc.) on the ground to see where and how the EU’s responses fit into the broader international community’s response. The study will analyse internal cohesion of responses (EU and member states) and assess whether EU’s actions are complementary or contradictory with the responses of other actors.

Biannual newsletter 6

EUNPACK will produce its own biannual newsletter and distribute that through the coordinated use of partners’ databases.

Policy brief summarizing perception studies in Ukraine

Paper analysing how the EU and EU members states implement crisis response mechanisms in Ukraine throughout the conflict cycle. The researchers conduct fieldwork in Ukraine interviewing EU officials, member states’ representatives and other salient international actors.

Workshop, European Cafè Debate and presentation of initial findings in Ukraine

Roundtable to be held in Kyiv, gathering together local experts not only from Ukraine but also other post-Soviet countries, especially former EU mission local personnel.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Libya

Paper analysing how the EU and EU members states implement crisis response mechanism in Libya as the conflict unfolds along a non-linear pathway. The researchers conduct fieldwork inside Libya and in Libya’s neighbourhood, interviewing EU officials, member states’ representatives and other salient international actors.

Biannual newsletter 4

EUNPACK will produce its own biannual newsletter and distribute that through the coordinated use of partners’ databases.

Policy brief focusing on lessons learnt, with policy advice to the EU

Towards the end of the project period a policy brief summarising the main findings from this WP will be presented. The policy brief will focus on providing concrete policy advices to the EU.

Biannual newsletter 2

EUNPACK will produce its own biannual newsletter and distribute that through the coordinated use of partners’ databases.

Policy brief summarizing perception studies in Libya

Paper providing a bottom-up analysis of how EU crisis response is received and perceived by different Libyan actors both inside and outside the country. While the choice of methods reflects the development of the situation on the ground, it will ideally entail interviews of local elites, direct observation, focus group discussions, and perception studies.

Policy brief summarizing perception studies in Serbia

This policy brief will enhance the findings of D5.01 and D5.02 by exploring how EU actions are received and perceived by local actors in Serbia. It will build on interviews and focus groups with local actors in Belgrade and in regions of Serbia.

Biannual newsletter 1

EUNPACK will produce its own biannual newsletter and distribute that through the coordinated use of partners’ databases.

Biannual newsletter 3

EUNPACK will produce its own biannual newsletter and distribute that through the coordinated use of partners’ databases.

Final report, including financial statements

This deliverable reports all activities of the EUNPACK project during the entire project period, including financial statements in accordance with EU procedures for such reporting.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Serbia and Kosovo

This deliverable will analyse how the EU and its member states operate in crisis management on the ground in Serbia and Kosovo throughout the conflict cycle. The focus will be on the implementation of decisions and plans identified in the working paper D5.01 on the ground. Interactions with other international organisations on the ground such as the UN, NATO, the US, Russia and OSCE will also be included in the analysis. The study will be based on data gathered in official reports as well as via fieldwork and interviews on the ground in both Kosovo and Serbia.

Policy brief summarizing perception studies in Afghanistan

This policy brief will provide a bottom-up analysis of the impact dimensions of EU crisis response in terms of how it is received and perceived by different local actors in Afghanistan throughout the conflict cycle. Such a study will identify reception of EU policies at the state level (e.g. reforms, training activities) and whether EU response is corresponding to the needs of the target state (local ownership). At the same time it will also address which non-elite groups are being targeted and how different groups perceive EU responses. Are EU responses perceived as conflict-sensitive and as addressing the needs of vulnerable groups? Is there a difference between reception/perception of the EU and member states? How do EU responses measure up to responses of other international actors?

Working paper on EU policies towards Libya and Ukraine

Background paper providing a top-down overview of strategic documents and action plans. The researchers will conduct both a desk review (content analysis, discourse analysis), and a preliminary round of interviews in Brussels. The paper aims at identifying two possible EU policy models, targeting/addressing the neighbourhood, one directed towards the Eastern flank and the other the Southern flank. The paper provides a theoretically-informed account of EU policy making in an evolving strategic scenario, by examining actions undertaken by key EU and non-EU actors throughout the conflict cycle.

Policy brief summarizing perception studies in Mali

This policy brief will provide a bottom-up analysis of the impact dimensions of EU crisis response in terms of how it is received and perceived by different local actors in Mali throughout the conflict cycle. Such a study will identify reception of EU policies at the state level (e.g. reforms, training activities) and whether EU response is corresponding to the needs of the target state (local ownership). At the same time it will also address which non-elite groups are being targeted and how different groups perceive EU responses. Are EU responses perceived as conflict-sensitive and as addressing the needs of vulnerable groups? Is there a difference between reception/perception of the EU and member states? How do EU responses measure up to responses of other international actors?

Workshop, European Cafè Debate and presentation of initial findings in Kosovo

This workshop will present findings from D5.01-D5.04 and provide an opportunity for public outreach and debate with societal stakeholders in Kosovo.

Workshop, European Cafè Debate and presentation of initial findings in Mali

This third workshop will be organised in terms of a ‘European Café Debate’ assembling politicians, representatives of the EU institutions and academics from the EU UNPACK project and beyond in order to discuss and challenge initial findings regarding 1) the reception/ perception of EU crisis response and 2) lessons learned from EU crisis response in the extended neighbourhood, here in the case of Mali.

Workshop, European Cafè Debate and presentation of initial findings in Iraq

This first workshop will be organised in terms of a ‘European Café Debate’ assembling politicians, representatives of the EU institutions and academics from the EU UNPACK project in order to discuss and challenge initial findings regarding 1) the reception/ perception of EU crisis response and 2) lessons learned from EU crisis response in the extended neighbourhood, here in the case of Iraq.

Research meets people: European Café Debates

Informal European Café Debates are to be held in post-conflict capitals – alongside the project’s specialist events, where applicable, to take stock of the project experts ́ presence – targeting wider non-expert audiences to disseminate project findings and recommendations, and raise public awareness.

Research meets people: press and media briefings

Press conferences and expert media briefings, TV debates, TV question time and media appearances. EUNPACK will make project experts available for TV question time, radio interviews and TV debates – to be arranged and facilitated with the EU and national media, linking up with major news outlets such as the BBC World Service, RFE/ RL, Euronews and others. Press conferences and media briefings are to be held during the selected project events in the EU and (post-)conflict regions

Workshop, European Cafè Debate and presentation of initial findings in Libya

Workshop to be held in Tripoli, or alternatively in Tunis, involving experts from newly-established Libyan think tanks and deeply-rooted associations.

Research meets academia: elaboration and dissemination of conference proceedings

EUNPACK will disseminate its conference proceedings. It will also elaborate teaching provisions, and organise university simulations.

Workshop, European Cafè Debate and presentation of initial findings in Afghanistan

This second workshop will be organised in terms of a ‘European Café Debate’ assembling politicians, representatives of the EU institutions and academics from the EU UNPACK project in order to discuss and challenge initial findings regarding 1) the reception/ perception of EU crisis response and 2) lessons learned from EU crisis response in the extended neighbourhood, here in the case of Afghanistan.

Workshop, European Cafè Debate and presentation of initial findings in Serbia

This workshop will present findings from D5.01-D5.04 and provide an opportunity for public outreach and debate with societal stakeholders in Serbia.

Research meets academia: organisation of EU governance academic conferences

EUNPACK will organise EU security governance academic conferences on EU security governance

Research meets policy: policy workshops

EUNPACK will organise a series of workshops to engage project experts with targeted policy-makers, practitioners (e.g. military personnel, private contractors), researchers and a wider expert audience to present and test the interim research findings for practical relevance so as to maximise the project’s impact.

Project website, press packages, press releases, op-eds, blogs, tweets

EUNPACK will build its own dynamic database; manage a project website with regularly updated project information and outputs (project and team description, calendar of events, publications, media references, news digest, on-line resource databank); and operate social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Researchgate, Academia.edu, etc.). Press packages and invitations to project events will be prepared, with expert media briefings at the events press releases about the outcome of events and written research outputs.

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Publications

The green and the cool: Hybridity, relationality and ethnographic-biographical responses to intervention

Author(s): Oliver Richmond
Published in: Mediterranean Politics, Issue 2017-06-11, 2017, Page(s) 1-22, ISSN 1362-9395
DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2017.1338214

A genealogy of mediation in international relations: From ‘analogue’ to ‘digital’ forms of global justice or managed war?

Author(s): Oliver P Richmond
Published in: Cooperation and Conflict, Issue 53/3, 2017, Page(s) 301-319, ISSN 0010-8367
DOI: 10.1177/0010836717750198

Rescuing Peacebuilding? Anthropology and Peace Formation

Author(s): Oliver P. Richmond
Published in: Global Society, Issue 32/2, 2018, Page(s) 221-239, ISSN 1360-0826
DOI: 10.1080/13600826.2018.1451828

Human rights and the development of a twenty-first century peace architecture: unintended consequences?

Author(s): Oliver Richmond
Published in: Australian Journal of International Affairs, Issue 73/1, 2018, Page(s) 45-63, ISSN 1035-7718
DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2018.1557106

Peace and the Formation of Political Order


Published in: ISSN 1353-3312
DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2018.1511374

EU-supported reforms in the EU neighbourhood as organized anarchies: the case of post-Maidan Ukraine

Author(s): Jozef Bátora, Pernille Rieker
Published in: Journal of European Integration, Issue 40/4, 2017, Page(s) 461-478, ISSN 0703-6337
DOI: 10.1080/07036337.2018.1467412

The limits of technocracy and local encounters: The European Union and peacebuilding

Author(s): Roger Mac Ginty
Published in: Contemporary Security Policy, Issue 39/1, 2017, Page(s) 166-179, ISSN 1352-3260
DOI: 10.1080/13523260.2017.1407191

Mobilities and peace

Author(s): Oliver P. Richmond, Roger Mac Ginty
Published in: Globalizations, Issue 2019-01-04, 2019, Page(s) 1-19, ISSN 1474-7731
DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2018.1557586