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Pomoc Unii Europejskiej dla obszarów objętych „małymi wojnami”
The European Union’s Aid to Regions Stricken by „Small Wars”

Author(s): Joanna Dobrowolska-Polak
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Instytut Zachodni im. Zygmunta Wojciechowskiego

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the study was to verify – with regard to the European Union – C. Callwell’s assumptions that the world’s most powerful/richest states (and their unions) concentrate on their own interests and treat the peripheral – poorer or less stable regions and states – in an instrumental way. The development of contemporary international relations, the conception of solidarity in the first place, seems to falsify this assumption. Analysis of the humanitarian aid offered by the EU (ECHO) shows that its international activity differs from that of other global centres of power. The EU has elaborated its own mechanisms of identifying crises in which the involvement of the hegemonists of the current international order is insignificant or inadequate compared to the scale of needs – the FCA and GNA procedures, which it consistently develops and applies. With their use, the EU is able to identify “small wars” and transfer its own aid to those places.

  • Issue Year: 335/2010
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 121-138
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish