EU Crisis Management After Lisbon. A New Model to Address Security Challenges in the 21st Century?

This book analyzes the approach of the European Union (EU) to crisis management in the aftermath of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and assesses its suitability to address current and future security threats. It primarily provides a framework of analysis to interpret current EU crisis management as both a product of the innovations of the Lisbon Treaty and its interaction with the international security environment. It also offers a comprehensive and in-depth examination of post-Lisbon crisis management system in terms of concepts, structures, process and capabilities. A reality check of this system is conducted through the analysis of a number of case studies where the EU recently exhibited its crisis management role: the civilian missions EUCAP Sahel Niger, EUCAP Nestor and EUAVSEC South Sudan, and the military operation EUTM Mali. This analysis sheds light on the modalities selected by the EU to intervene in crisis situations, the impact that its interventions have produced in those cases and the lessons that the EU has learnt from these experiences. The author reveals the existence of structural strengths and weaknesses in the EU’s approach to and implementation of crisis management, which have an impact on the EU’s ability to cope with future crises. This book fills a gap in the existing literature and at the same time provides decision-makers with policy recommendations in order to improve the EU’s performance in this field.

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Cambridge, Intersentia, April 2015, xx, 192 p.
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List of Abbreviations
1. Conceptualising EU Crisis Management in the Post‑Lisbon Era
2. Internal Dynamics of the Post‑Lisbon EU’s Crisis Management Model
1. Innovations of the Lisbon Treaty in the Field of Crisis Management
1.1. Principles
1.2. Institutions
1.3. Mechanisms
2. Internal Dynamics of EU Crisis Management
2.1. Formal and Informal Institutionalisation in the Post-Lisbon Architecture
2.2. Centres of Powers of the Crisis Management System
2.3. Interaction among Actors in the Decision-Making Process
2.4. Ideational Framework of Post-Lisbon Crisis Management
2.5. Collective Purpose among Actors and Policies
3. Conclusion
3. Interaction between the EU and the International Security Environment
1. Role of International Norms and the United Nations
2. New Security-Political Challenges
3. Redefinition of the Concept of Security
4. Proliferation of Non-State Actors in the Field of Security
5. Cooperation with Other Regional Crisis Managers: NATO and the African Union
6. Conclusion
4. Assessing Post-Lisbon EU Crisis Management in the Field: The Cases of the Horn of Africa and the Sahel Regions
1. EUCAP Nestor
2. EUAVSEC South Sudan
4. EUTM Mali
5. Lessons Learned from EU Operational Crisis Management after Lisbon
5. The EU as a Crisis Manager in the 21st Century
1. The Security Context of the 21st Century and Main Trends of Crisis Management Operations
2. The Sense of Doctrine: a New Strategic Document for the EU’s External Action
3. The Institutional Conundrum: Improving Efficiency of Structures and Procedures
4. European Boots on the Ground: Enhancing Effectiveness in the Field
Appendix 1. EU Crisis Management Missions 2003-2015
Appendix 2. Organisation chart of the European External Action Service

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