This chapter analyses a practical case of EU-Japan out-of-area security
cooperation, and the first example of operational security cooperation
between the EU and Japan, namely the counter-piracy mission off the coast of
Somalia. This chapter introduces the main reasons and different stages of
involvement of the Japanese government, the MSDF and JCG in the Somalia
counter-piracy mission. It then analyses the extent to which this mission
provided opportunities for closer EU-Japan security cooperation, and what
significance this case has for future EU-Japan security cooperation more
broadly. It argues that this mission provided an ideal opportunity for
Japanese government representatives and SDF personnel to learn the
complexities of multilateral security coordination, and operational
cooperation between European and Japanese forces, while simultaneously
producing a deepening of trust and understanding.
This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the connection between the United Nations' (UN) evolving approach to intra-state conflicts and the value system of the international community. This study takes issue with the relatively reductionist explanations of what the UN is and how it relates to peace and security. It explores the interest-norm complexes within which the cases in the Congo, Cyprus, Angola, and Cambodia were handled by the UN. This volume shows how relevant actors' normative preferences were resolved in specific peacekeeping environments where the UN was especially active in addressing intra-state conflicts.