Normative Power Europe and Conflict Transformation

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


The European Union (EU) is increasingly getting involved in conflicts and post-conflict settings outside its own boundaries. A lot of the discussion of the EU’s engagement has focused on the question of an increasing ‘militarization’ and the legitimacy of interventions involving military force. Yet the engagement of the EU in conflict and post-conflict settings does not often rely on such force, and is better treated as an attempt to act as a normative power. In this contribution, we explore an aspect of this ‘normative power’ that has so far been largely neglected: is this discourse of EU normative power shared by other actors in international society, and does this make a difference in the chances of the EU to help bring about conflict transformation?


European Union Normative Power Middle East Future Orientation International Politics 
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© Thomas Diez and Michelle Pace 2011

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