TITLE

From the Rapid Reaction Mechanism to the Instrument for Stability: The Empowerment of the European Commission in Crisis Response and Conflict Prevention

AUTHOR(S)
Lavallée, Chantal
PUB. DATE
July 2013
SOURCE
Journal of Contemporary European Research;2013, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p372
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The European Union (EU) plays an increasing role in the field of international security with various instruments at its disposal, managed by several actors. This article analyses the underestimated role of one of these actors, namely the European Commission. Treating the EU as a form of security governance, it claims that the Commission has empowered its role in it from the Rapid Reaction Mechanism (RRM) to the Instrument for Stability (IfS). The first section presents a review of the existing literature in order to clarify the theoretical framework, which uses the EU security governance approach with sociological insights; and to sketch the historical background of the Commission's role in crisis response and conflict prevention. Then, this contribution examines the Commission's position from a relational perspective to demonstrate its gradual empowerment in the European security field. Finally, it emphasises the challenges facing the Commission and the new practices structuring EU security governance post-Lisbon.
ACCESSION #
90461382

 

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