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The management of migration between care and control

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees stranded in camps in Greece and in Calais, shipwrecks and deaths in the Mediterranean, fences and walls across the Balkans, hotspots along the European Union (EU) southern borders, increasing controls within the Schengen space, military-humanitarian naval operations, the EU–Turkey migrant deal, NGOs and activists denouncing the

in Global humanitarianism and media culture

9 Europe’s role in world peace Dr Garret FitzGerald Introduction Few politicians had a greater claim to speak on the subject of ‘Europe’s role in world peace’ than Dr Garret FitzGerald. Perhaps his academic training at University College Dublin, from which he graduated with a BA in History, French and Spanish, and became President of the French Society, was an indication of where his interests would turn. During his formative university years in the Second World War, Ireland was largely isolated from the rest of Europe, but he took an avid interest in the

in Peacemaking in the twenty-first century
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A force for peace in the world

4 The European Union: a force for peace in the world The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, TD Introduction Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s lecture in March 2004, on ‘The European Union: a force for peace in the world’, came at a critical juncture in the institution’s history; and in the Northern Ireland peace process. Importantly, he was speaking in his capacity as President of the European Council, a position held by Ireland, as it did by rotation amongst member states, from 1 January until 30 June that year. By then, he had intimate and extensive experience of government at

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5 Europe and peace President Romano Prodi Introduction Professor Romano Prodi’s lecture on ‘Europe and peace’, delivered on 1 April 2004, came at a particularly important juncture in European affairs, not least since the Constitutional Treaty was being advanced under the leadership of the Irish Presidency. He began with a salutary reminder, to those who would doubt it, that the post-war reconstruction of Europe rested on the necessity to build peace and security in a continent which had been ravaged by ancient hatreds raised to a new level of ferocity by

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6 Europe as a force for creative reconciliation President Pat Cox Introduction As he reminded his audience, when Pat Cox delivered his lecture on ‘Europe as a force for creative reconciliation’ on 26 April 2004, the reunification of the continent with the accession to the European Union of ten new members was only six days away. As President of the European Parliament, he was privileged to watch this historic development from a unique vantage point. In June 1989, when he was first elected to the Parliament, such a development was barely imaginable. The European

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2010, the so-called Framework Agreement (FA) (which was later renamed the SPA) and the EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)/FTA were initially launched. The so-called ‘scoping exercises’ were launched after the EU–Japan 2011 Summit for both agreements as part of a parallel negotiation process: ‘parallel’ in the sense that it was agreed at the time that the two agreements would be adopted together and simultaneously. At the time, the European Commission sought the necessary authorisation from the Union’s member states for the negotiations of these agreements

in Japan's new security partnerships
An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse

Introduction London, 10 September 2018 Since 2015, more than one and a half million people have traversed the Mediterranean, seeking asylum in Europe. The EU has been negotiating their screening and resettlement outside of Europe. European governments have closed some ports and borders to them. And neofascist groups from across Europe have rallied on the ground and online to prevent their entry. Thousands have died at sea. Multinational NGOs like Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children have carried out search-and-rescue missions. But it is

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Introduction Citing the celebrated opening sentence of the Communist Manifesto may seem an odd way to begin these modest reflections on the challenges the relief world is confronting, and the graver ones it is likely to confront over the course of the next decade. But just as the spectre of communism was haunting Europe in 1848, a spectre haunts the humanitarian international in 2018 – the spectre of illegitimacy. A disclaimer is immediately necessary: if you believe that the importance of the changes that are taxing the established global order

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: 1) the frustration of a significant part of American and European society with the results of economic globalisation; 2) the growing challenge to Western hegemony, primarily from China. Our suggestion here, however, points in the opposite direction: that the supposed crisis of ‘liberal order’ is a direct and inevitable result of the expansion and success of the inter-state capitalist system. To explore this proposition, let us adopt an approach that is highly unorthodox in the field of international political theory: the analysis of myths. 2 We

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two means through which Europeans made themselves the protagonists of global history. Europeans then rewrote their history, erasing the mass human suffering they had caused, promoting instead tales of white European innocence ( Wekker, 2016 ), superiority and exceptionalism. In its destruction of life, coloniality might be considered anti-humanitarian, and yet it is characteristic of the liberal humanitarianism whose end we now (prematurely) are invited to mourn. For over two decades, I have been struggling to make sense of humanitarian interventions

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