The European Union, Civil Society and Conflict Transformation

4 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2008

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Nathalie Tocci

Istituto Affari Internazionali

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Date Written: June 24, 2008


The European Union considers conflict resolution as a cardinal objective of its foreign policy. It makes use of a number of policy instruments to promote conflict transformation through 'constructive engagement', which cover a range of sectors affecting conditions and incentives at the micro level. The EU has recognised the importance of engaging with civil society in situations of violent conflict, but needs to engage more with local civil society to make its policies more effective. This briefing aims to aid the understanding of the role of civil society organisations in situations of violent conflict, and the potential role of EU policies in enhancing CSOs' conflict transformation efforts.

Keywords: Civil society, European Union, European Neighbourhood Policy, violent conflict, micro-level analysis

JEL Classification: F35, D74

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Tocci, Nathalie, The European Union, Civil Society and Conflict Transformation (June 24, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

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