The EU and (Regional?) Insecurity in the Horn of Africa

Fanta, Emmanuel (2012). The EU and (Regional?) Insecurity in the Horn of Africa. EU-GRASP Working Papers. United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Fanta, Emmanuel
    Title The EU and (Regional?) Insecurity in the Horn of Africa
    Series Title EU-GRASP Working Papers
    Volume/Issue No. 29
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language En
    Abstract The aim of this paper is to look at how the EU deals with a region that is conflict prone and marked by a high level of insecurity. The Horn of Africa is characterised by the existence of both open conflicts and latent conflicts. Moreover, these conflicts tend to have transnational and regional nature whether it is because of external interventions by neighbouring states or unresolved inter-state disputes. The Horn of Africa is also a region of international strategic concern that touches on several security issues including violent conflicts, human rights violation, terrorism and migration. However, from the EU’s side, the most visible element of its involvement in the region is the deployment of EUNAVFOR Atalanta mission, but it is interesting to see whether this mission forms part of a more general approach toward the region. The paper thus focuses on the way the EU constructs the security problems of the Horn of Africa and the approach it adopts to address these problems. The aim of this paper is to look at how the EU deals with a region that is conflict prone and marked by a high level of insecurity. The Horn of Africa is characterised by the existence of both open conflicts and latent conflicts. Moreover, these conflicts tend to have transnational and regional nature whether it is because of external interventions by neighbouring states or unresolved inter-state disputes. The Horn of Africa is also a region of international strategic concern that touches on several security issues including violent conflicts, human rights violation, terrorism and migration. However, from the EU’s side, the most visible element of its involvement in the region is the deployment of EUNAVFOR Atalanta mission, but it is interesting to see whether this mission forms part of a more general approach toward the region. The paper thus focuses on the way the EU constructs the security problems of the Horn of Africa and the approach it adopts to address these problems.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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