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The European Union As A State-Builder: Policies Towards Serbia And Sri Lanka

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Within the framework of state-building, this chapter focuses on state-strengthening, i.e. developing policies designed to reinforce weak states, rather than rebuilding from scratch entirely failed states. State-strengthening captures a set of challenges the EU and other institutions encounter much more frequently than pure state failure, which tends to dominate the state-building literature. The chapter compares two ailing states, Serbia and Sri Lanka, which have been treated very differently by the EU, but which have much in common in terms of structural weaknesses and hidden strengths, in order to illustrate the problems raised by the two separate approaches pursued by the EU. On the basis of these case studies, the chapter argues that the EU could overcome the myopia of its security or development approaches by basing all its external state-building efforts on a coherent human security vision underpinned by a set of principles that would apply throughout European foreign policy.

Keywords: European foreign policy; Serbia; Sri Lanka; state failure; state-building; state-strengthening



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