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

Ingo Peters, Enver Ferhatovic, Rabea Heinemann, Susan Bergner, Sofia Marie Sturm

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? These questions guiding this research are part of the social science discourse on EU foreign policy, which has been focused for some years on the issues of ‘actorness and power’ of the European Union as an international actor. A salient part of this discourse has been the issue of foreign policy effectiveness, encompassing contributions varying between various degrees of dismissal or praise of EU performance also in comparison to other international actors, states as much as international organizations. This analysis is resting on findings of a project focusing solely on EU crisis response policy in the extended neighbourhood, specifically on the CSDP missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Mali. All these missions ought to be placed in the broader context of effort pertaining to the realm of state- and peacebuilding and -- more directly – of EU efforts in Security Sector Reform (SSR).