The European Union and Border Conflicts: The Power of by Thomas Diez, Mathias Albert, Stephan Stetter

By Thomas Diez, Mathias Albert, Stephan Stetter

It truly is ordinarily assumed that local integration ends up in balance and peace. This e-book is the 1st systematic examine of the effect of eu integration at the transformation of border conflicts. It presents a theoretical framework targeted on 4 'pathways' of impression and applies them to 5 circumstances of border conflicts: Cyprus, eire, Greece/Turkey, Israel/Palestine and numerous conflicts on Russia's border with the ecu. The individuals recommend that integration and organization give you the ecu with almost certainly strong ability to steer border conflicts, yet that the ecu needs to continuously re-adjust its rules counting on the dynamics of every clash. Their findings exhibit the stipulations upon which the impression of integration rests and problem the frequent idea that integration is inevitably solid for peace. This e-book will entice students and scholars of diplomacy, eu politics, and protection experiences learning eu integration and clash research.

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On the other hand, Europe has now become an integral part of the construction of national identity in its member states (Wæver 1996). 24 Mathias Albert, Thomas Diez and Stephan Stetter conflict either by EU actors individually or collectively, or by the provision of a particular institutional and discursive frame. Secondly, the EU’s capacity as a perturbator of conflict extends beyond the limits of integration (see also Diez and Whitman 2002). Most obviously, it affects membership candidates, although these can be conceptualised as being part of integration.

For example, for security reasons, Israeli citizens with Palestinian ethnicity are not allowed to serve in the Israeli army. While probably many Israeli Palestinians would themselves oppose being conscripted to 10 Anderson (1996: 4) has eloquently termed borders and the construction of border identities as the prime ‘mythomoteur of a whole society’. See also Wilson and Donnan (1998). 22 Mathias Albert, Thomas Diez and Stephan Stetter serve in the Israeli army, the problem with this form of exclusion is that it stretches beyond the question of who participates in a military organisation.

9 The general model of social conflicts presented here thus does of course not include an empirical claim that conflicts would necessarily proceed through these steps slowly; conflicts can escalate in the sense of moving through the stages of conflict very quickly, possibly generating the impression of ‘starting’ with a subordination conflict right away. The transformative power of integration 21 Traditionally, borders have been seen as physical lines, and border conflicts were, therefore, conflicts of subordination where rules were to be extended beyond the existing geographical borderline.

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