Good intentions, mixed results – A conflict sensitive unpacking of the EU comprehensive approach to conflict and crisis mechanisms (EUNPACK)

2015 - 2019 (Avsluttet) Prosjektnummer: 693337
Research Project
The EUNPACK project unpacks EU crisis response mechanisms, with the aim to increase their conflict sensitivity and efficiency.

By combining bottom–up perspectives with an institutional approach, EUNPACK will increase our understanding of how EU crisis responses function and are received on the ground in crisis areas. This entails exploring local agencies and perceptions in target countries without losing sight of the EU’s institutions and their expectations and ambitions. It also entails examining the whole cycle of crisis, from pre-crisis, through crisis, and into post-crisis phase.

EUNPACK analyses two gaps in EU crisis response. First, the intentions–implementation gap, which relates to 1) the capacity to make decisions and respond with one voice and to deploy the necessary resources, 2) how these responses are implemented on the ground by various EU institutions and member states, and 3) how other actors – local and international – enhance or undermine the EU’s activities. Second, the project addresses the gap between the implementation of EU policies and approaches, and how these policies and approaches are received and perceived in target countries, what we refer to as the implementation¬–local reception/perceptions gap.

Our main hypothesis is that the severity of the two gaps is a decisive factor for the EU’s impacts on crisis management and thereby its ability to contribute more effectively to problem-solving on the ground. We analyse these gaps through cases that reflect the variation of EU crisis responses in three concentric areas surrounding the EU: the enlargement area (Kosovo, Serbia), the neighbourhood area (Ukraine, Libya), and the extended neighbourhood (Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan).

The results of our research will enable us to present policy recommendations fine-tuned to making the EU’s crisis response mechanisms more conflict and context sensitive, and thereby more efficient and sustainable.

See more information on the project's home page.

Publications

Blog posts

European Café Debates and Policy Forums

Newsletters

Finansieringskilde

EU/H2020

Program

Int5

Artikler

News

Korleis kan EU betre kriseresponsen sin?

March 25, 2019

Forskarar i og utanfor Europa har studert EUs tilnærming til krise og konflikt.

News

EUNPACKs sluttkonferanse: ei samanfatting av tre år med forsking på EUs kriserespons

March 26, 2019

Konfliktsensitivitet var i sentrum då det treårige NUPI-leia forskingsprosjektet på EUs kriserespons (EUNPACK) arrangerte ein avslutningskonferanse i Brussel 18-20. mars.

News

Fem paradoks ved EUs kriserespons

March 4, 2019

Kva hindrer EU sine operasjoner frå å oppnå bedre resultater?

News
Bildet viser et av kjøretøyene som ble ødelagt i et angrep i Aguelhok, åstedet for et dødelig angrep 20. januar i år hvor ti fredsbevarere ble drept.

Mali: Vestens nye Afghanistan?

February 11, 2019

Drap på sivile og angrep på FNs fredsbevarande styrker prega Mali i januar, skriv Bård Drange og Morten Bøås i Dagsavisen.

News
Ivan Krastev at NUPI

Kan EU takle de store utfordringene som kommer?

November 30, 2018

NY PODKAST: Ivan Krastev ser nærmere på krisene som har vært med på å forme EU.

News
Bildet viser paneldeltakerne Roman Blecua (EUs ambassadør i Irak), Steven Blockmans (CEPS), Tine Gade (NUPI), Kamaran Palani Mohammed (MERI), Morten Bøås (NUPI), Dlawer Ala’Aldeen (MERI)

EU i Midtøsten - hvordan forhindre terrorisme og voldelig ekstremisme?

November 13, 2018

Hva EU bør gjøre for å stabilisere stater i Midtøsten var hovedtema da forskere fra NUPI og det NUPI-koordinerte prosjektet EUNPACK deltok på MERI Forum 2018.

News

EU under lupen

November 9, 2015

Hvordan svarer EU på kriser? Det er hovedspørsmålet for NUPI-forskerne som har lyktes i å få finansiering fra verdens største forskningspropgram. 

Publikasjoner

Publication : ARTIKKEL

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

2019
Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, the European Union (EU) has spent considerable time and energy on defining and refining its comprehensive ...
Publication

EUNPACK Executive Summary of the Final Report & Selected Policy Recommendations. A conflict-sensitive unpacking of the eu comprehensive approach to...

2019
Since adopting a ‘comprehensive approach’ to crisis management in 2013, the EU has spent considerable time and energy on streamlining its approach and ...
Publication

Implementation of the EU’s crisis response in Ukraine

2018
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 ...
Publication

Working paper on implementation of EU crisis response in Mali

2018
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, ...
Publication : ARTIKKEL

EU-Supported Reforms in the EU Neighbourhood as Organized Anarchies: The Case of Post-Maidan Ukraine

2018
How does the EU and its member states organize their support for reforms in the countries of the EU Neighbourhood? Building on organization theory research ...
Publication

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

2018
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 ...
Publication

Best practices in EU crisis response and policy implementation

2016
This report has two aims. First, to take stock of how the Europen External Action Sercvice (EEAS) and the Commission have institutionalized lessons-learned ...

Prosjektleder

Temaer
EU  Konflikt  Sikkerhetspolitikk  Europa  Afrika  Midtøsten og Nord-Afrika  Asia
Deltakere

Mateja Peter

Tidligere ansatt

Francesco Strazzari

Tidligere ansatt

Bård Drange

Tidligere ansatt

Henriette Ullavik Erstad

Tidligere ansatt

Eksterne

Manchester University (UK)

FUB (Germany)

CEPS (Belgium)

Comenius (Slovakia)

Sant’Anna (Italy)

DCSP (Serbia)

KCSS (Kosovo)

JMCK (Ukraine)

IRMC (Tunisia)

ARGA (Mali)

MERI (Iraq/Kurdistan)

Arrangementer
tir. 19 mar. 2019
Event
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 Brussel

Hvilke verktøy har EU til å håndtere interne og eksterne utfordringer?

De siste årene har EU stått overfor flere store utfordringer. Eksperter møtes i Brussel for en rundebordsdiskusjon om hvilke verktøy unionen har for å løse disse, og hvilken rolle EU kan spille i tiden som kommer.

tir. 19 mar. 2019
Event
Time: 13:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 Brussel

Stengte grenser, nye kriser

Har EUs kriserespons i Midtøsten og Sahel under flyktningkrisen vært suksessfull eller har den fungert mot sin hensikt? Velkommen til Brussel og til seminaret som markerer slutten av prosjektet EUNPACK.

søn. 17 mar. 2019
Event
Time: 12:30 Europe/Oslo
Location: Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Place du Congrès 1 – 1000 Brussel

Unpacking the EU’s Integrated Approach to External Conflicts and Crises

Et fireårig prosjekt går mot slutten, og 18-19. mars blir det sluttkonferanse for EUNPACK i Brussel.

tir. 20 nov. 2018
Event
Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: NUPI

Kan EU takle de store utfordringene som kommer?

Ivan Krastev ser nærmere på EUs fremtid, og om unionen er klar for å takle de store utfordringene med migrasjon, spredningen av høyrepopulisme og ustabilitet i øst.