The emerging strategic partnership between the European Union and the African Union

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dc.contributor.advisor Cottey, Andrew en
dc.contributor.advisor Harris, Clodagh en
dc.contributor.author Rein, Conrad
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-12T11:05:21Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Rein, C. 2014. The emerging strategic partnership between the European Union and the African Union. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1893
dc.description.abstract Many among the emerging generation of political elites in Africa see the role the European Union (EU) plays in the maintenance of an unprecedented period of peace in Western Europe as an inspirational example of the manner in which the African Union (AU) can contribute to peace and stability in Africa. This doctoral thesis examines security cooperation between the EU and the AU, with a particular focus on the nature and substance of that cooperation. It suggests that despite the establishment of various EU–AU institutions and ties with a role in security policy and cooperation, such security cooperation is limited in substance. This study argues that EU–AU security cooperation is especially constrained by the emergence of alternative partners, most notably China, and by failures of implementation and follow-through. Two case studies, the first dealing with EU–AU cooperation in peacekeeping, and the second addressing the silent water crisis along with the link between water and security, have been analysed in detail to determine the effectiveness and sustainability of the EU–AU partnership. A number of important lessons for regionalism, interregionalism and multilateralism are drawn from the bond between the EU and the AU. This doctoral thesis will prove that, despite an emphasis on the problematic term ‘strategic’ by both EU and AU policymakers, EU–AU cooperation is limited and somewhat lacking in strategic direction. The cooperation between the EU and the AU focuses mainly on EU financial support for AU peacekeeping and specific projects in Africa (e.g. in the water sector), as well as on a limited political dialogue. Nonetheless, the EU–AU link represents the most comprehensive partnership the AU has with any non-African actor. This study will furthermore demonstrate that the United Nations (UN) is an indispensable third-party to their relationship and it is therefore more appropriate to speak of the AU–EU–UN nexus. This doctoral thesis concludes that the AU–EU–UN nexus is an important example of interregionalism in a global context and that such interregionalism is an important emerging part of global governance. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Conrad Rein. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject African Union en
dc.subject European Union en
dc.subject United Nations en
dc.subject Regionalism en
dc.subject Interregionalism en
dc.subject Multilateralism en
dc.subject Peacekeeping in Africa en
dc.subject Water and Security in Africa en
dc.subject Strategic partnership en
dc.title The emerging strategic partnership between the European Union and the African Union en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Commerce) en
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dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Government en
dc.check.reason This thesis contains information that was provided in confidence en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
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dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat Both hard copy thesis and e-thesis en
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2014


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