Assessing the conflict resolution potential of the EU: the Cyprus conflict and accession negotiations
Eralp, Doğa Ulaş and Beriker, Nimet (2005) Assessing the conflict resolution potential of the EU: the Cyprus conflict and accession negotiations. Security dialogue, 36 (2). pp. 175-192. ISSN 0967-0106
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0967010605054647
This article treats conflict prevention and conflict transformation as foreign policy tools that are available to international actors alongside classical security-based foreign policy measures. It investigates the conflict resolution role of the EU on the Cyprus conflict in the context of EU accession negotiations. For this purpose, the article: (a) depicts the changes in the roles the EU has played on the island within the context of the accession negotiations; (b) illustrates the nature of structural prevention measures that the EU has taken; and (c) describes the consequences of the EU involvement on UN-led negotiation efforts. The results suggest that the EU has treated the enlargement process as a structural prevention mechanism to change the incentive systems of the conflicting parties neglecting the conflict-transformation aspects of foreign policymaking. Thus far, this has produced inefficient policies and resulted in the EU bringing an aged conflict into its own jurisdiction. Vision-building, capacity-building, and synergy-building are the three strategies that may help the EU to expand its foreign policy toolbox and to become an influential player in world politics.
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