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Regional integration and conflicts in Europe from the 1950s to the twenty-first century
Author: Boyka Stefanova

This book is about the European Union's role in conflict resolution and reconciliation in Europe. Ever since it was implemented as a political project of the post-World War II reality in Western Europe, European integration has been credited with performing conflict-resolution functions. The EU allegedly transformed the long-standing adversarial relationship between France and Germany into a strategic partnership. Conflict in Western Europe became obsolete. The end of the Cold War further reinforced its role as a regional peace project. While these evolutionary dynamics are uncontested, the deeper meaning of the process, its transformative power, is still to be elucidated. How does European integration restore peace when its equilibrium is broken and conflict or the legacies of enmity persist? This is a question that needs consideration. This book sets out to do exactly that. It explores the peace and conflict-resolution role of European integration by testing its somewhat vague, albeit well-established, macro-political rationale of a peace project in the practical settings of conflicts. Its central argument is that the evolution of the policy mix, resources, framing influences and political opportunities through which European integration affects conflicts and processes of conflict resolution demonstrates a historical trend through which the EU has become an indispensable factor of conflict resolution. The book begins with the pooling together of policy-making at the European level for the management of particular sectors (early integration in the European Coal and Steel Community) through the functioning of core EU policies (Northern Ireland).

Rethinking Europe’s strategies and policies
Authors: Weiqing Song and Jianwei Wang

Since the mid-1990s, the European Union has defined the Asia-Pacific as one of its key strategic targets on its ambitious road towards global power. The EU has ever since made consistent efforts to implement strategies, policies and activities in the Asia-Pacific. Over the past decades, big changes have taken place on both sides and the wider world. It is high time to evaluate the EU’s performance in its Asian policy. In fact, the EU is at crossroads with its Asia Pacific policy. On several aspects, the EU is compelled to redefine its interests and roles, and rethink its strategies and policies towards the dynamic and ever-important Asia-Pacific region of the contemporary world. This volume addresses this theme, by elaborating the general context, major issues and countries in the EU’s Asia-Pacific policy. It covers issues and areas of traditional security, economy and trade, public diplomacy, and human security and focuses on the EU’s relations with China, Japan, the ASEAN countries and Australasia.

Thomas S. Wilkins

fits into the broader US alliance presence in Asia, and ignores the far-reaching developments occurring between the two states as they work to build a true bilateral strategic partnership. The pace and extent of Australia’s broad security cooperation with Japan is somewhat remarkable when one recalls the suspicion and bitter enmity towards Japan held by Australians in the wake of World War II. However, the combination of the US Cold War alliance system and the re-emergence of an important trading, then political/diplomatic, relationship

in Japan's new security partnerships
Strategic reflections
Michael Reiterer

1 The European Union in the Asia-Pacific: strategic reflections Michael Reiterer Introduction Although the EU maintains four (China, Japan, Republic of Korea, India) out of its ten strategic partnerships with Asian partners (Reiterer, 2013a) and is contemplating adding a fifth (with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN), doubts are harboured in Asia whether the EU can be a genuine strategic partner. Perceptions may not match: the EU has over the years developed policy papers dealing with Asia in general (Europe and Asia: A Strategic Framework for

in The European Union in the Asia-Pacific
Elena Atanassova-Cornelis

–Japan partnership has moved beyond the traditional focus on economics and trade to include a politico-security dimension. An important driver behind the expansion of the bilateral relations has been the mutual recognition of each other’s growing significance in the international arena, as well as a shared comprehensive approach to tackling security challenges. Europe and Japan have entered the second decade of the twenty-first century with a new priority of raising their bilateral relations to the level of a formal strategic partnership. To this end, in 2013 Brussels and Tokyo

in The European Union in the Asia-Pacific
Navigating between trouble and promise
Gustaaf Geeraerts

7 The European Union’s partnership with China: navigating between trouble and promise Gustaaf Geeraerts Introduction Since 2003 the EU and China have acknowledged each other as strategic partners. Slowly but steadily they have built a partnership, which constitutes probably one of the most structured relationships between two global powers in today’s world system. Given the ongoing transformation of the international system in which the re-emergence of China is a major driver of change, the EU–China strategic partnership constitutes an important dimension in

in The European Union in the Asia-Pacific
Tracey C. German

Chechnya since 1994, would be a focus of the EU–Russia discourse. However, the Chechen conflict is not an area of specific dialogue between the EU and Russia, nor is it a key driver of the relationship. It only represents a very small component of the relationship, yet colours all aspects of interaction and remains a fundamental impediment to the development of a strategic partnership. The two actors take

in The security dimensions of EU enlargement
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External influences and continental shaping forces
Mary Farrell

6 African regionalism: external influences and continental shaping forces Mary Farrell The Joint Africa–EU Strategy (JAES) (Council of the European Union, 2007) marked another phase in the cooperation between the two continents that had its origins in the post-­colonial era for the African countries, and for the new European community founded under the Treaty of Rome (1957). Presented as a strategic partnership among the 27 countries of the European Union (EU) and the 53 countries of Africa, it was framed with the intention to redefine the relations between the

in The European Union in Africa
Axel Berkofsky

Introduction T he EU and Japan have – at least on paper – big plans as regards cooperation in international politics and security. The instrument and agreement through which such increased and institutionalised cooperation is envisioned to take place is the so-called Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The SPA will cover EU–Japan cooperation in regional and global politics and security and is envisioned to give the current EU–Japan ad hoc cooperation in the realms of politics and security an institutional

in Japan's new security partnerships
A mayoral dichotomy
Colin Copus

with a chief executive. That dual leadership role maintains the uncomfortable and often precarious balance between politician and senior officer, both often competing for domination of the council organisation. There is little in the English approach to directly elected mayors that does anything to solve that competition. Local Strategic Partnerships Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) are the cornerstone of the government’s drive towards community planning and the development of a community strategy for each council. Each LSP is a single body which brings together

in Leading the localities