Comelli, Michele. (2007) "Building Security in its Neighbourhood through the European Neighborhood Policy?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)
[From the introduction]. "Building security in our neighbourhood" is one of the three objectives of the European Security Strategy (ESS), the document approved by the European Council in December 2003 that defines the major threats and security objectives of the European Union. Among the three objectives identified - addressing the key threats (terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, regional conflicts, state failure, organised crime), building security in the neighbourhood, and building an international order based on effective multilateralism - two of them are linked to the EU's neighbourhood. The objective of addressing the key threats only indirectly relates to the areas surrounding the EU. Not all these security challenges coming from the EU's neighbourhood are peculiar to the region; however, the impact of these challenges on EU security, either real of perceived, can be still greater because of geographical proximity. On the other hand, the objective of building security in the neighbourhood is directly related to the areas surrounding the EU. This paper analyses whether the EU can be effective in building security in the Neighbourhood through the policy intiative that was launched specifically to achiece this goal: the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). In particular, the paper analyses whether the ENP is succeeding in meeting the security (sub)objectives laid out in the ESS. Finally some policy recommendations designed to make the ENP more effective in meeting these objectives will be made.
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