Elena Baracani

The European Union and Conflict Prevention. What Europeanization?

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This article presents the main empirical findings of the analysis of the European Union's activity for conflict prevention in three case studies - Cyprus, Kosovo and Palestine. After having clarified the meaning of conflict 'resolution', 'prevention' and 'Europeanization', it is proposed a classification of the main foreign policy instruments at the disposal of the Union to intervene before the escalation of the conflicts, during and after it. Then the article focuses on the empirical findings of the Europeanization of the conflicts in the case studies, and therefore not only on the instruments used and on the norms promoted, but also on the mechanisms and the conditions that have enabled or not the Union to exert its leverage.


  • European Union
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Europeanization
  • Ethnic Conflicts
  • Cyprus
  • Kosovo
  • Palestine
  • Foreign Policy


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