Common Defence and Security Policy

Around Europe 350 – April/May 2013

In this issue of Around Europe Programme Assistant Chris Venables introduces QCEA’s work on the militarisation of the European Union. He outlines some of the changes that have taken place over the last 15 years in EU military structures. Programme Assistant Imogen Parker in an article called ‘Torture and Terror in Europe’ describes the involvement of …

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Briefing paper: the EU Crisis Management Missions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

This briefing paper looks at two European Union Crisis Management missions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the EU-BAM Rafah border mission and the European Union Police Co-ordinating Office Palestinian Territories mission, particularly in the context of the Common Defence and Security Policy. Read “The EU Crisis Management Missions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (v1)” (PDF …

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Report: Military Responses to Energy Security Problems

EU Member States have taken part in military missions with energy security components for many years, though NATO, in support of US-led actions and independently. EU militaries contributed to US interventions Operation Earnest Will at the tail-end of the Iran-Iraq war and the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars. Britain, the EU’s largest military power, has …

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Report: Neutrality

This report is based on Neutrality within Irish politics. Martina Weitsch, QCEA Joint Representative, writes an article that focuses on whether there are differences between the so-called ‘neutral’ Member States of the EU and other Member States. Read “Neutrality: Irish Experience, European Experience”

Report: The EU and the Western Balkans

This report aims to assess the extent to which the European Union’s enlargement process is supporting the work of local grass roots peacebuilders in the countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. The report deals with the 7 broad issues that concern local peacebuilders the most: Nationalism; transitional justice; returnees; regions of concern; education; …

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Briefing paper: the EU’s response to the threat of terrorism

Briefing Paper 1 (published 1 August 2005) The first briefing paper in the EU and terrorism series looks at the historical development and current context of the EU’s work on counter terrorism in a globalised world. Read “Terrorism – Historical Development and Context” (PDF – 89 KB) Briefing Paper 2 (published 5 August 2005) The …

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Briefing paper: the European Union and peacebuilding

Briefing Paper 1 This paper is a basic introduction to the role of the EU in Peacebuilding, specifically in the prevention of violent conflicts (which is often referred to as conflict prevention). The EU can be viewed as a peace project helping Western Europe to develop peacefully and prosperously. The EU states that “European Countries …

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Briefing paper: the European Union Constitutional Treaty

Briefing Paper 1 The European Union has developed over a number of decades. This development has been characterised by the agreement of a series of Treaties concluded between the Member States. At the point at which a new Member State joined that Member State had to accede to the existing Treaties. Read “The European Union …

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