The European Union’s (EU’s) support and contribution to international peace and security continues to develop with involvement in the Balkans, South Caucasus, Africa, Middle East and South Asia (Council of the European Union 2005). This article explores how the EU’s role in international peace building has evolved and is increasingly constructed by the scope of monitoring missions which it has embarked upon outside of its borders considering the outlook from EU and non-EU actors. A thematic analysis of literature is used to explore how the EU’s monitoring role has evolved regarding the different degrees of intervention, time-frame and size of mission which have resulted in a multi-level impact regarding societal transition. The article finds that political will, shadows of past and future missions and intergovernmental concerns dominates how the EU’s monitoring missions unfurl affecting the practice of monitors and other EU actors in local conflict settings and contemplates scenarios for future monitoring missions.
|Journal||Journal of Contemporary European Research|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 29 Nov 2013|
- European Union Foreign Policy
- Monitoring Mission
- Conflict resolution