This chapter traces the need to critically explore the EU’s brand of peacebuilding in the form of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It takes stock of how CSDP has been previously approached. Seeing that CSDP has generally been analysed from a problem-solving position, which largely takes the substance of its peace missions for granted, this work attempts to fill this gap, by problematising CSDP missions’ substance and purpose, rather than simply discussing the efficiency or effectiveness of the CSDP in its own terms. The chapter further sets out the plan of the book, with an emphasis on the conceptual apparatus that enables to study the particular “peace goods”, which the EU puts forth with the aim of safeguarding peace.
KeywordsEU’s brand of peacebuilding CSDP Peace goods
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