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Pripisnova E.S. Approaches of the European Union towards resolution of conflicts in Africa

Published in journal "National Security / nota bene", 2016-4 in rubric "Humanitarian support of national security", pages 553-558.

Resume: The subject of this research is the approaches of the European Union towards regulation of conflicts in Africa. The article present the analysis of the main conceptual positions of EU policy aimed at minimization of conflictogenic potential in African countries within the timeframe of 2003-2009; their theoretical and political aspects are being reviewed. The author focuses his attention on the fact that the leaders of EU member-states pursue humanistic goals, as attempt to demonstrate their independence from the United States. Based on the empirical material pertaining to resolution of the interethnic conflicts by the European Union, the author makes a conclusion the EU is not committed to carry responsibility for the solution of Africaĺs problems or create any missions under the leadership of a single great power, particularly France. The European interference into Africaĺs affairs, if not pursuing the obvious economic interests, takes place only if the safety of the European troops is not at risk or unless there is a need to demonstrate the EU power on international level.

Keywords: Regional security, Foreign policy, International relations, Military operation, European Union, Africa, Artemis, NATO, Resolution of conflicts, Ethnic conflict

DOI: 10.7256/2073-8560.2016.4.17205

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