published on blogs.lse.ac.uk 10.06.2019
The first two years of implementation of the EU Global Strategy focused on advancing the EU’s security and defence capacities as well as its civilian crisis management missions through the adoption of the 2018 Civilian CSDP Compact. While this prioritisation was reasonable, it is now time to focus on the EU’s diplomatic tools to prevent and resolve violent conflicts in order to achieve the ‘full cycle implementation’ of the EU Global Strategy. In this context, the tenth anniversary of the Concept on Strengthening EU Mediation and Dialogue Capacities provides an opportunity to reflect on the EU’s role as an international mediator. Drawing on research findings from the EU as International Mediator Research Network, we identify entry points for a revision of the EU’s framework for international mediation and more effective deployment of mediation as a tool of conflict prevention and crisis management.