Conflict-sensitive approaches to the crises in Kosovo/Serbia and Libya

How does the EU’s supposedly ‘comprehensive approach’ to conflict and crisis mechanisms play out in reality? This is the guiding question of the EUNPACK project, which held its second Crisis Response Policy Forum at CEPS on May 29th. Funded under Horizon 2020, EUNPACK critically examines whether the EU’s external crisis response is sensitive to the political and social context in the countries in which it is applied. The second Policy Forum explored the issue with reference to the project’s preliminary research findings on Kosovo-Serbia and Libya.  In a first presentation, Jozef Bátora (Comenius University, Bratislava) mapped the development of the EU’s crisis management throughout the various stages of the Kosovo-Serbia crisis, with a particular focus on local arrangements (e.g. the Mitrovica bridge regime). He also discussed the contribution of the normalisation dialogue brokered by the EU’s foreign policy chief. The protracted and continuously evolving security crisis in Libya was the focus of research presented in a second session by Chiara Loschi (IRMC, Tunis) and Luca Raineri (Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa). Their case study concretely underlines the hard limits of the EU’s crisis response in its neighbourhood.

CEPS participates as a partner institute in the EUPACK project. For more information about the project and to download its publications, browse its website.