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Measuring Success of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union in the Case of Macedonia
Measuring Success of the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union in the Case of Macedonia

Author(s): Center for Research and Policy Making CRPM
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Security and defense, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Центар за истражување и креирање политики
Summary/Abstract: The Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) is one of the most widely discussed and analyzed policy areas of the European Union (EU). The development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) within the framework of the CFSP took place at the end of the ‘90s, in a process that interacted with the unfolding of the crisis of the Balkan regional order. Given this context, I believe that a study on the development of the CFSP/ESDP has to investigate how the EU Crisis Management instruments have been used. The crisis that occurred in the Republic of Macedonia, in this respect, is a case of critical salience. Macedonia is a specific case in which both the civilian and the military dimension of EU Crisis Management mechanism were applied, and there exists widespread consensus in the EU on the fact that this was done successfully. However, when talking about successes or failures, a number of slippery questions arise: what indicators of success can one refer to? For example, does success refer to the fact that the ESDP mechanism has been activated without major setbacks, or to the way in which it has affected the situation in Macedonia? Is the Macedonian case a success for the CFSP? How is success determined? Which are its standards of measurement?

  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Language: English