Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

The European Union’s Brand of Peacebuilding

Acting is Everything

Authors: Poopuu, Birgit

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  • Disrupts the predominant way of studying the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) by problematising CSDP missions’ substance and purpose, rather than simply discussing the efficiency or effectiveness of the CSDP in its own terms
  • Develops an analytical frame – using the fluid categories of telling and acting, stressing the dialogical ways of being, and taking heed of the concept of just peace as a particular guide to building peace – that is a particularly useful way to study peace actors
  • Provides an incisive portrayal of one distinctive element – the CSDP missions – of the EU’s peacebuilding framework and as a result contributes towards a more rounded and complex understanding of the EU as a peacebuilder
  • Suggests a number of policy-relevant conclusions, which may shift the dynamics of the EU’s becoming a peacebuilder towards more genuine actorness
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“Conceptually and empirically, this is the most thoughtful analysis of the role of EU’s peace missions I have read so far. It starts with the ‘action for the sake of action’ logic of CSDP development and offers a new interpretation of what CSDP could be, if just peace was part of its political agenda. A rare gem in European studies.”— Xymena Kurowska, Associate Professor of International Relations at Central European University, Hungary
“This impressive research monograph provides a critical account of EUs peace missions by asking what these missions offer, how peace is built, and whom these missions serve. To address these important questions, Birgit Poopuu develops and employs an original and sophisticated discursive framework of telling and acting to conduct an in-depth investigation of EU peace missions Artemis in the DRC, EUFOR Althea in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and EULEX in Kosovo. This book’s ground-breaking exploration advances the study of the EU as a peacebuilder.”— Annika Björkdahl, Professor of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden, and Editor in Chief of Cooperation and Conflict

This book critically explores the European Union’s brand of peacebuilding in the form of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). A contextually close reading of EU missions – using the fluid categories of telling and acting, stressing the dialogical ways of being, and taking heed of the concept of just peace as a particular guide to building peace – allows the book to tap into the specific meanings the EU has of peace, the ways in which it imagines its relationships with its varied partners, and perhaps most controversially, the way that being/becoming a global actor has been front and center of the CSDP. The analysis focuses on three core missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kosovo. One of the recurring themes that emerges from the empirical chapters is the significance attached to acting, and that acting per se constitutes success of a mission, without much thought given to its substance, or the outcome of the EU’s engagement. The imaginative force of this book rests on developing a set of context-sensitive analytical tools, encapsulated in the dialogical model of identity formation and the dynamic approach to analysing identity through telling and acting.

About the authors

Birgit Poopuu is Research Fellow at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Wales. She previously studied at the University of Tartu, has published on the EU’s peacebuilding and is currently working on the project The Politics of Peace and Conflict Knowledge: Syria and the Diverse Landscape of Local Knowledge/Experience.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The European Union’s Brand of Peacebuilding
Book Subtitle
Acting is Everything
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19890-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19890-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19889-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 271
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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