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The Rhetoric-Resources Gap in EU Crisis Management

Duke, Simon (2002) The Rhetoric-Resources Gap in EU Crisis Management. EIPASCOPE, 2002 (3). pp. 1-7.

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    The development of EU crisis management capabilities has proceeded rapidly and one of the questions in the wake of these developments is how to finance these new aspects of the EU’s activities. Currently the EU faces a rhetoric-resources gap whereby the political pronouncements and aspirations exceed the resources available for crisis management operations, most notably those involving the use of military force. This brief overview of the resource and financial issues facing EU crisis management attempts, in the first place, to examine the arrangements that exist. Since the arrangements for the civilian and military aspects of crisis management pose slightly different sets of issues, they are dealt with separately. The final section will then examine possible approaches to providing adequate resources for crisis management and the conclusions will highlight some problem areas and possible ways forward. It is argued that a failure to address the rhetoric-resources gap will undermine EU crisis management efforts, as well as the effectiveness of the Union as an actor on the international stage.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Crisis management capabilities.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > conflict resolution/crisis management
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2003
    Page Range: pp. 1-7
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16

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