Humanitarian Aid as an Integral Part of the European Union's External Action: The Challenge of Reconciling Coherence and Independence

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Jan Orbie

Ghent University

Peter Van Elsuwege

Ghent University

Fabienne Bossuyt

Ghent University

Date Written: September 2014

Abstract

The article focuses on the European Union's (EU) humanitarian aid policy. It addresses the challenge for the EU to deliver independent humanitarian aid while simultaneously seeking to establish more coherence between its external policies. The article examines how the EU tries to reconcile these potentially conflicting policy goals, both de jure and in practice. Empirically, it explores the interaction between EU humanitarian aid and development cooperation, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, and trade policy. While the independence of the humanitarian aid delivery is, for the most part, not being undermined, it remains difficult to establish positive synergies with other external policies because of institutional hurdles and legal constraints, as well as political obstacles and operational incompatibilities.

Suggested Citation

Orbie, Jan and Van Elsuwege, Peter and Bossuyt, Fabienne, Humanitarian Aid as an Integral Part of the European Union's External Action: The Challenge of Reconciling Coherence and Independence (September 2014). Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 158-165, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12054

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Peter Van Elsuwege

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Fabienne Bossuyt

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