Policy Papers - July 14, 2004
EU-UN Partnership in Crisis Management: Developments and Prospects
This report summarizes findings from a one-year International Peace Institute project on relations between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) in the area of crisis management.
This issue falls under the broader category of relations between the UN and regional organizations, whose role has become increasingly common in UN peace operations. Addressing EU-UN relations is particularly relevant now as the EU is currently developing new civil and military capabilities to address crises.
This report begins by outlining the practical steps taken in recent years at the political and institutional level to develop the relationship between the EU and the UN. These developments are discussed in relation to the increasingly prominent role that the EU has begun to play within the UN. Attention is given to specific efforts made to strengthen capacities for EUUN cooperation in crisis management. The next section discusses developments and prospects for cooperation at the operational level. Key concerns relating to operational cooperation are discussed-in particular, concerns over the EU's commitment to the UN. Scenarios are outlined that may serve as models in the context of the increasing UN practice of "subcontracting"operations involving the use of force. This general discussion of cooperation at the operational level is followed by an examination of EU-UN cooperation in two recent operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
A key finding of this report is that the first steps in EUUN cooperation have been quite successful. EU-UN relations are in fact evolving within an emerging decision-making architecture, in which no single state or institution, its members, or its secretariat has a monopoly in dealing with matters of international peace and security. Within this context, the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) has opened new possibilities for interaction between the UN and regional organizations.
The Global Observatory
Ordinary Fears, Extraordinary Man: The Legacy of Nelson Mandela
As a young South African diplomat during the apartheid-to-democracy transition, Cedric de Coning witnessed the humility and power of a flawed statesman.
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Top 10 Issues to Watch in 2013: The Multilateral Arena
Ten key issues that are likely to impact global affairs in international peace, security, and development.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
November 28, 2013
Energy and Security in the Arctic: A New “Frozen” Conflict?
Is the Arctic a “region of cooperation,” or will competition for its potentially rich energy resources lead to conflict in the high north? This was the main question addressed during an expert workshop held in The Hague on November 28th by the International Peace Institute together with the International Gas Union and the Clingendael International Energy Programme.
November 22, 2013
Can Technology Play a Role in Drafting a Constitution?
The effects that new technologies can have on constitutional processes was the topic of this November 22nd IPI roundtable discussion. Approximately five new constitutions are written around the world every year, and their legitimacy is increasingly influenced by a new level of public participation in their drafting, not merely by a plebiscite on the final text. As rapidly advancing technology changes the way that governments and citizens interact, what role are new technologies playing in constitutions?
November 19, 2013
Haqqani: Pakistanis Need Honest Debate About Their Country
"We Pakistanis need an honest debate inside our country about what is Pakistan's national interest. We never have it,” said Hussain Haqqani, a former Pakistani diplomat and journalist, who was at IPI on November 19th to give a presentation on his latest book, Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding.