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Beyond the civilian Europe?

Marchi, Ludovica ORCID: 0000-0002-7371-6128 (2008) Beyond the civilian Europe? In: GARNET Conference: The EU in International Affairs, 2008-04-24 - 2008-04-26, Brussels, Belgium, BEL.

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In this very preliminary paper, I attempt to question whether the EU is going beyond the purely civilian Europe through the insight into the institutionalising of the use of the military. This focus suggests that institutionalising the use of force does not necessarily lead to the diminution of the EU's civilian power. Consequently, I seek to understand the way in which, without alienating its character as a civilian agent, and on the basis of its own declared responsibilities (i.e. ESS), the EU can contribute to making the global environment safer. To perform this task, I look at further insights: multilateralism, and the EU in its relation to the United States. The second insight centres on certain features of the effective multilateralism of the European Security Strategy, and points out that a network of multilateral mechanisms and institutions promises to provide everyone access to the core global public goods on the availability of which global stability and the security of all states depend. That network commits the EU to civilian action. In fact, since global public goods are universal, they cannot be dispensed by market forces, but very reasonably by the EU as a civilising agency. The third insight looks more directly at the choice of sustaining global order as a duty and a responsibility that the EU should share through multilateral action particularly with the United States in a constant dialogue. The paper argues that in doing this, on the one hand the EU should provide a balance to US unilateralism (a possible task if the United States chooses to make American interests coincide with the global interest), and on the other, should promise to take a lead in the domain of soft power by keeping itself firmly to the role of a civilian Europe.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2008 The Author
Divisions: International Relations
Centre for International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2015 16:13
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:03

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