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EU internal security policies in the Western Balkans: analysing the intersection between enlargement and civilian crisis management

Trauner, Florian. (2009) EU internal security policies in the Western Balkans: analysing the intersection between enlargement and civilian crisis management. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    This paper analyses the EU’s strategy and foreign policy toolbox for engaging the Western Balkan countries in achieving its goals in the area of justice and home affairs (JHA). It argues that the EU involves the Western Balkan countries in a dual-track strategy. By providing them with the prospect of future membership, the EU has initiated a pre-accession process which aims not only at strengthening cooperation in the JHA field but at gradually transforming these states into full-fledged member states that are capable of participating themselves in the European area of freedom, security and justice. EU external governance within the Stabilisation and Association Process is guided by a strategy of rule transfer based on conditionality, where network governance acts as a complement rather than a replacement for governance by conditionality. In addition, the EU has deployed ESDP police and rule of law missions in order to achieve its internal security objectives in those Western Balkan countries where the JHA-related activities of the Stabilisation and Association Process were deemed insufficient (Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo). The paper concludes by arguing that EU cooperation in justice and home affairs vis-á-vis these countries has become one of the driving forces of the EU’s overall foreign policy engagement in the region.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-South-Eastern Europe (Balkans)
    Countries > Bosnia/Herzegovina
    Countries > Macedonia
    Countries > Kosovo
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2009 (11th), April 23-25, 2009
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 12 May 2012 17:14
    Number of Pages: 21
    Last Modified: 12 May 2012 17:14
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/33147

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