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Fit for what?: towards explaining Battlegroup inaction

Marchi, Ludovica (2011) Fit for what?: towards explaining Battlegroup inaction. European Security, 20 (2). pp. 155-184. ISSN 0966-2839

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09662839.2011.564767


The thrust of this paper concerns the case of the European Battlegroup (BG) non-deployment in late 2008, when the United Nations requested European military support for the United Nations Organisation Mission peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The argument is built on the fact that when, in official documents, the EU approaches the European security and ESDP/CSDP's military crisis management policy and interventions, it makes strong references to the United Nations and the UN Charter Chapter VII's mandate of restoring international peace and security. Such references make it seem that supporting the UN when it deals with threats and crises is a primary concern of the EU and the member states. These allusions lead to the main contention of this paper, that there is much ambivalence in these indications. The paper develops its argument from one key hypothesis; namely, that the non-deployment of a European BG in the DRC, at the end of 2008, constitutes a useful case study for detecting a number of ambiguities of the EU in respect of its declarations in the official documents establishing the European military crisis management intervention structure.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International Relations
Centre for International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 16:02
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 23:36

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