Three Countries the EU Should Invest More in to Stop Further Regional Chaos
Europe’s attention to its southern flank is absorbed by cascading disaster. In the face of war in Syria, Iraq and Libya, the migration crisis and the proliferation of terrorism, Europe’s all-absorbing goal is stability. In most cases, this means preventing bad things from getting worse.
But alongside its important crisis management, Europe needs to think much more boldly in terms of what it can do differently to pre-empt violent turmoil in the first place. What about those places that have remained relatively stable and therefore garnered less attention? Does the European Union still have a positive goal for its southern flank?
The EU Global Strategy launched by High Representative Federica Mogherini in July 2016 aims to build “resilience”, defined as “the ability of states and societies to reform, thus withstanding and recovering from internal and external crises.”
Yet little of this is visible in current European policies, which are largely driven by containing security spillover from Middle Eastern conflicts...
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