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LSE experts present report on reducing conflict to EU

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A team of experts from LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Unit have presented a new report to the European External Action Service (EEAS), which outlines a new, more effective role for the EU in conflict-affected areas.  

The Group presented From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict to the EEAS, which reports to Federica Mogherini, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, on 24 February 2016.

The report forms part of a roadmap for Mogherini’s review of the EU’s global strategy on foreign and security policy. It proposes that the EU adopts a ‘second generation’ human security approach to conflicts as an alternative to geopolitics and the war on terror, embracing the principles of human security and adapting them for the 21st century.

From Hybrid Peace to Human Security recommends that EU’s current emphasis on top-down humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction should be replaced with incremental and inclusive peace processes. This includes support for local ceasefires, creation of civil society structures, improved security assistance and enhanced economic measures.

The report was presented at an EEAS meeting that included 15 EU member states. Its authors included 11 LSE experts, and was co-convened by Professor Mary Kaldor of the Department of International Development and Javier Solana, Professor in Practice at LSE, former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and former Secretary-General of NATO.

Professor Kaldor said: “The EU is facing an existential crisis. Our report is about the wars on Europe’s periphery, which are the source of refugees, transnational crime, and extremist ideologies. Dealing with these wars could be a survival strategy for the EU.”

From Hybrid Peace to Human Security: Rethinking EU Strategy towards Conflict can be accessed here: http://www.securityintransition.org/publications/berlin-report-of-the-human-security-study-group/

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