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The European Union in Sudan: A missed opportunity

Cumming, Gordon David 2015. The European Union in Sudan: A missed opportunity. The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 104 (4) , pp. 473-488. 10.1080/00358533.2015.1063842

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International organisations active in Africa are often criticised for their ineffectiveness. So too is the European Union (EU), which is also accused of failing to assume a more prominent conflict management role in war-torn countries. This article examines the EU’s capacity and readiness to take on such a role in one such country, the former Republic of Sudan, home to Africa’s longest-running civil wars and the first ‘genocide’ of the 21st century. It begins by outlining the EU’s record in Darfur and the North–South Peace Process. Drawing upon 25 interviews and Hill’s ‘capabilities–expectations model’, it then questions whether the EU’s ‘capabilities’ (resources, instruments, unity) were ‘fit for purpose’ in Sudan’s hostile target setting. It concludes by identifying settings that have been more propitious for a conflict-related management function and by suggesting that the EU should better manage expectations about future security roles.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1474-029X
Funders: British Academy
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 17 June 2015
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2019 20:12

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