Towards efficient early action:
The EU needs a regional focus and proactive tools to prevent and manage conflicts
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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The Lisbon Treaty and the European External Action
Service provide the EU with an excellent framework for comprehensive and
effective crisis prevention and crisis management work. They just need to be
utilised to the full.
The security and development nexus can only be
enhanced through long-term perspectives.
Rather than renewing its general security strategy,
the EU’s focus should be on preparing tailor-made and institutionally endorsed
regional approaches and strategies, where the broad objectives would be
operationalized into more concrete goals.
In conflict-prone regions, goal-setting should be
carried out through full participation with the beneficiary countries and their
Dialogue and mediation are perfect tools for achieving
reconciliation and stability, and need to be utilized at every stage of
comprehensive crisis management and at different levels of society.
Comprehensive EU activities in the field of crisis
prevention and crisis management should be duly evaluated, as only by looking
at the bigger picture can lessons truly be learned and endorsed.