The Support of Csdp (Crisis Management, Defence Cooperation) through Non-Csdp Instruments

Thursday, July 13, 2017
JWS - Room J7 (J361) (University of Glasgow)
Thomas Moran , Centre for European Studies, KU Leuven
There is a nexus between CSDP and Non-CSDP instruments, but the connection has not been assessed at any real depth, but merely a superficial analysis is provided in the literature on this subject. 

The coherence of CSDP and non-CSDP is imperative to delivering a Structural Foreign Policy (SFP). If we carry out an analysis of these instruments, then this can produce concrete signifiers to improving and delivering a SFP and at the same time, raising questions about the EU’s identity as an International actor. 

In this paper, 'Coherence' itself is also defined and why it helps us understand SFP in relation to CSDP and non-CSDP instruments. The complexities of coherence will be highlighted, as it is an umbrella term for contradictions between two actors of actions. This is useful for finding the purpose of combining CSDP and non-CSDP instruments.

It is crucial to evaluate SFP in the real world and with many examples out there, an analysis of the case study of Kosovo is undertaken in relation to CSDP and non-CSDP instruments. The coherence between the EU's Rule of Law Mission Kosovo (EULEX) and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is evaluated and the findings are compared and linked to other literature.

The purpose of combining CSDP and non-CSDP is clear that delivering a strong SFP depends on coherence and harmonisation of these instruments, yet if the decision makers can adhere loyally to noble values, the foundation for EU policy, then greater progress would be made.