EUNPACK biannual newsletter #6

The final newsletter of the EUNPACK project contains a summary of the project's main findings, its policy recommendations and highlights from three years of field research. It also provides a summary of the final conference, held in Brussels on 18-19 March 2019, as well as updates from various project partners. 

Press release: EUNPACK final conference, Brussels, 18-19 March 2019

A high-level conference on the European Union’s crisis management will take place in Brussels on 18-19 March 2019. The conference will gather more than 150 researchers, policymakers, diplomats, EU officials, civil society representatives and practitioners to discuss the outcomes and policy recommendations of the Horizon 2020-funded EUNPACK project.

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

Article published as conclusion to special issue of Contemporary Security Policy in January 2017, available here

Plugging the capability-expectations gap: towards effective, comprehensive and conflict-sensitive EU crisis response?

Article based on EUNPACK research published by European Security in January 2019. Available here

EUNPACK: Highlights and Recommendations

This two-page summary provides highlights from three years of research under the EUNPACK project and five policy recommendations to improve the conflict-sensitivity of the EU's response to crises and conflicts. 

Executive Summary of the Final Report & Selected Policy Recommendations

This paper discusses the policy implications of three years of research under the EUNPACK project and outlines five recommendations to improve the conflict-sensitivity of the EU's response to crises and conflicts. 

Newsletter #5, September 2018

The fifth newsletter of the EUNPACK project, published every half year, starts with an editorial by Morten Bøås and Henriette Ullavik Erstad from the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) under the title, "The Effect of Migration on the EU’s Crisis Response: Europe First?"

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New academic article: Lessons to be learned from the EU Crisis Response in the Extended Neighbourhood: EU Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali

How effective is the EU’s crisis response policy in terms of its CSDP missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Mali? What are the constraining and enabling factors regarding EU policy formulation, implementation and impact in crisis response (SSR in the extended neighbourhood)? What are lessons to be learned from the analysis of CSDP mission in the extend neighbourhood, and which policy recommendation to be inferred?

New academic article: Approaching the European Union’s crisis response and international peacekeeping from below

The European Union (EU) is rapidly increasing its crisis response mechanisms in areas far away from its European heartland. Currently, EU activities in crisis response are taking place in areas from Afghanistan and Iraq to the sand dunes of the Sahel and Mali.

Working paper on EU policies towards Iraq

This working paper analyses the EU’s output effectiveness in Iraq.

Working paper on EU policies towards Afghanistan

This working paper analyses the EU’s output effectiveness in Afghanistan.

Working paper on EU policies towards Mali

This working paper analyses the EU’s output effectiveness in Mali.

Working Paper: Comparing the EU’s Output Effectiveness in the Cases of Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali

This part of the overall report (Deliverable 7.1) on the EU’s crisis response in Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali compares the findings of three comprehensive cases-studies. The analytical focus is on the output dimension of EU policy-making that is the output of decision-making of the policy-making machinery in Brussels.

Biannual newsletter #4

The fourth biannual newsletter of the EUNPACK project reports on security sector reform and border management in Mali and on various updates from the field research conducted by the project. 

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Mali

This paper offers a critical review of the EUTM and EUCAP in Mali, arguing that this is another example of international interventions that may be well-intended, but that end up producing very mixed results on the ground. One reason for this is the gaps between intentions and implementation and between implementation and local reception/perceptions.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Afghanistan

This working paper is the second publication for the EUNPACK conducted by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), which examines the implementation process and impact of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL). The paper has used a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative research.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Iraq

In this report we perform a bottom-up analysis to uncover the impacts of the EU’s crisis response policies in Iraq. Here we focus on the implementation-information gap by examining local stakeholder’s awareness, reception and perception of the EU’s crisis response. Moreover, this study unpacks whether EU conflict prevention and crisis response policies are perceived as conflict sensitive and appropriate to the needs of vulnerable groups.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Ukraine

The objective of this paper is to reflect on the received and perceived EU crisis response in Ukraine, paying specific attention to the security and humanitarian sectors, among the key areas for the EU since the beginning of the crisis/conflict. This research focus is in line with EUNPACK Task 2, aimed at analysing how the EU and its member states are implementing its crisis response on the ground throughout the conflict cycle. Three core assumptions underpin our research focus in this paper.

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Libya

This working paper explores how the EU substantiates its crisis response in Libya by focusing on local stakeholders’ perceptions and practices. Complementing EUNPACK’s study on the EU’s framing of the crisis in Libya and our preliminary survey on local perceptions of EU crisis response, the present paper provides an in-depth analysis of the output level and impact of these measures.

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

This paper analyzes the role of the EU and other international actors in the context of practice-level crisis management on the ground in Kosovo. We focus on activities performed by the EU and the member states in support of stabilization as well as in support of the ‘normalization dialogue‘ between Belgrade and Pristina launched in 2013. In addition, we look at the implementation and practices of the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo (EULEX), highlighting EU’s challenges in mounting an executive mission.