The EU, Promoting Regional Integration, and Conflict Resolution

This book provides a comprehensive study into the promotion of regional integration as a central pillar of European Union (EU) relations with the rest of the world. It is a strategy to deal with a core security challenge: the transformation of conflicts and, in particular, regional conflicts. Yet to what extent has the promotion of regional integration been successful in transforming conflicts? What can we regard as the core mechanisms of such an impact? This volume offers a comprehensive assessment of the nexus between promoting integration and conflict transformation. The authors systematically compare the consequences of EU involvement in eight conflicts in four world regions within a common framework. In doing so, they focus on the promotion of integration as a preventative strategy to avoid conflicts turning violent and as a long-term strategy to transform violent conflicts by placing them in a broader institutional context. The book will be of use to students and scholars interested in European foreign policy, comparative regionalism, and conflict resolution.

This book is the result of “The EU, Regional Conflicts and the Promotion of Regional Cooperation: A Successful Strategy for a Global Challenge?” (RegioConf), an international research project funded by the Compagnia di San Paolo as part of the Europe and Global Challenges Programme in collaboration with Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Et and Volkswagenstiftung. Previous versions of Chapters 9 and 10 have been published in a special issue of the Asia Europe Journal (Vol. 14, No. 4, December 2016, p. 383-399 and p. 401-415).

Details: 
Cham, Springer-Palgrave Macmillan, February 2017, xxvii, 336 p. (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics)
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ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
978-3-319-47529-5; 978-3-319-47530-1 (ebk); 10.1007/978-3-319-47530-1
Publication date: 
20/02/2017

Acknowledgements, p. v
List of Abbreviations, p. xi-xv
List of Contributors, p. xvii-xxiii
List of Figures, p. xxv
List of Tables, p. xxvii

1. Introduction: Promoting Regional Integration and Transforming Conflicts?, by Thomas Diez, Nathalie Tocci, Giovanni Faleg and Eva Scherwitz, p. 1-28
2. Adapting to Regional Challenges? The Brussels Perspective on the Promotion of Regional Integration and Conflict Transformation, by Eva Scherwitz, Giovanni Faleg and Eleonora Poli, p. 29-49

Part I. Regional Integration and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East and North Africa
Introduction: Middle East and North Africa, by Marco Pinfari, p. 51-55
3. Israel-Palestine: The Mediterranean Paradox, by Hirah Azhar and Marco Pinfari, p. 57-80
4. Western Sahara: A ‘Head-in-the-Sand’ Approach to Maghrebi Integration, by Justine Louis and Marco Pinfari, p. 81-104

Part II. Regional Integration and Conflict Resolution in Western and Eastern Africa
Introduction: Conflict and Regionalism in Africa: Framing the Role of the EU, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, p. 105-107
5. The EU and Regional Integration in West Africa: What Effects on Conflict Transformation?, by Giulia Piccolino and Stephanie Minou, p. 109-130
6. The Great Lakes and the EU: Formal and Informal Regionalism and Conflict Transformation, by Sonja Theron, p. 131-149

Part III. Conflict and Regionalism in Latin America
Introduction: The EU, Regional Conflicts and the Promotion of Regional Cooperation: A Successful Strategy for a Global Challenge?, by Kai Lehmann, p. 151-154
7. The EU, Regional Conflicts and the Promotion of Regional Cooperation: A Successful Strategy for a Global Challenge? Colombia’s Case, by Cinthia Pestana Haddad and Kai Lehmann, p. 155-173
8. The EU, Regional Conflicts and the Promotion of Regional Cooperation: A Successful Strategy for a Global Challenge? Honduras Case, by Octávio Forti Neto and Kai Lehmann, p. 175-196

Part IV. Conflict and Regionalism in Asia
Introduction: The EU, Regional Cooperation and Regional Conflicts: The Case of the South China Sea Territorial Disputes and the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, by Moosung Lee, p. 197-199
9. The EU and Regional Integration as a Form of Conflict Transformation in the South China Sea, by Yeikyoung Kim, p. 201-224
10. The EU, Regional Cooperation and Regional Conflicts: The Case of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis, by Moosung Lee, p. 225-248

Conclusion: The EU, Regional Integration and Conflict Transformation, by Thomas Diez and Nathalie Tocci, p. 249-269

References, p. 271-320
Index, p. 321-366

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