Edited by Steven Blockmans and Panos Koutrakos
Chapter 5: Civilian CSDP missions: ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’
Since the launch of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in 1999, the European Union (EU) has developed the capabilities to plan and conduct civilian crisis missions that cover a wide range of areas, from policing to border monitoring to judicial reform. This chapter seeks to examine progress in this area by focusing on its achievements so far, and especially its contribution to the role of the EU as an international actor (the good); the operational and capability problems it has faced in implementing CSDP civilian missions (the bad); and the politics of civilian crisis management (the ugly). Because of the political nature of civilian CSDP, it has remained a contested policy since its origins. In particular, this chapter focuses on three types of political contestation, namely intergovernmental, bureaucratic and local politics, and how this has affected the implementation of civilian CSDP.
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