EU policy-makers have in the past decade endeavoured to formulate a substantial redefinition of the organisation's international ambitions. Attempting to carve out a new role as a key foreign and security policy actor in international politics, the EU has been involved in peace negotiations across the globe. Here, Taylan Ozgur Kaya looks at how this is enacted, with particular reference to the Middle East peace process. Expanding its political, diplomatic, economic and security role in the region, the EU, whilst still being the junior partner to the US, has increasingly played a more conspicuous role in the attempts to resolve (or at least mediate) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Bearing this in mind, Kaya examines to what extent the EU manages to live up to its self-image as a key player in conflict resolution and crisis management in the region and beyond. With the financial and diplomatic future of Europe ever more in the spotlight, this book will appeal both to researchers of the Peace Process and to policy-makers.
Taylan Ozgur Kaya is Assistant Professor in the International Relations Department at Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Theoretical Framework for Analysis Chapter 3: The EU's Foreign and Security Policy Rose Conceptions Chapter 4: A Historical Overview of the EC/EU's Involvement in the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the MEPP in the Pre-9/11 Era Chapter 5: Analysis of the Level of Congruity between the EU's Role Conceptions and Role Performance in the MEPP in the Post-9/11 Era Chapter 6: Conclusion