The EU’s Peacebuilding: Past, Present, Future

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Cebeci E. M.

Other, pp.1-4, 2020

  • Publication Type: Other Publication / Other
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-4


The EU’s definition of itself as a model with best practices empower it to determine the rules of regional integration/cooperation, democratization, peacebuilding, etc. This also legitimizes its asymmetrical approach towards some third countries and regions, where it sets the rules and the others are expected to fulfil them. When the EU imposes its best practices on others through such logic, it overlooks the specific cultural, economic and social characteristics of those countries and regions and the everyday needs of local peoples. Thus, if the EU aims at achieving an ideal type of peace (hybrid peace) it needs to gear its policies towards a bottom-up approach which takes into consideration the needs of the grassroots peoples of recipient countries more; it needs to better assess the socio-economic, cultural, and political dynamics of those societies; it needs to reduce its reliance on technical and economic solutions to political problems ; and, it needs to avoid the imposition of a one-size-fits-all remedies and its best practices which do not match the reality on the ground in recipient societies.