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"Effective Multilateralism and Collective Security: Empowering the UN". [also IIEB Working Paper, No. 16, March 2005]

Biscop, Sven and Drieskens, Edith. (2005) "Effective Multilateralism and Collective Security: Empowering the UN". [also IIEB Working Paper, No. 16, March 2005]. In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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    [From the Introduction]. The European Security Strategy (ESS), the first ever common strategic document of the EU, adopted by the European Council in December 2003, accords a central place to the collective security system of the UN. The best way of summarizing the ESS is through ‘effective multilateralism’, the last of the three strategic objectives that the document outlines. ‘Effective multilateralism’, defined by the ESS as ‘the development of a stronger international society, well functioning international institutions and a rule-based international order’, concerns the global order, the world system itself. As such, it aims to address the long-term underlying factors determining peace and security (Biscop, 2005). At the same time the Strategy strongly stresses that for ‘international organisations, regimes and treaties to be effective’ the EU must be ‘ready to act when their rules are broken’. ‘Effective multilateralism’ thus appears to imply enforceable multilateralism. In the words of Christoph Heusgen (2004, p.7), Director of the Policy Unit of High Representative Javier Solana: ‘Military intervention, however, is only the last resort of EU policy’. The emphasis clearly is on long-term stabilization and on a gradual approach towards – emerging – crises putting to use the full range of instruments at the disposal of the EU.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: European Security Strategy (ESS).
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    Other international institutions > UN
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2005
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25

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