|Author (Person)||Gowan, Richard|
|Publisher||European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)|
|Series Title||Policy Brief|
|Series Details||April 2017|
|Publication Date||April 2017|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog, Report|
• A humanitarian catastrophe is emerging to Europe’s south, just as the United States seems set to reduce its international engagement.
• Distracted by other conflicts and alarmed at migration flows, the main focus of European strategy for Africa appears to be ‘containment’. But adopting a 'security belt' approach will not resolve emerging problems, let alone long-term underlying issues.
• Strengthening European civilian crisis management mechanisms and mediating recurrent conflicts can help manage the sources of disorder in west Africa, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa.
• Supporting the African Union and United Nations will be critical to achieving this; particular effort and resource should go towards helping UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres fix what he has called a 'broke and failing' system.
• Taking early steps to tackle humanitarian crises is a chance to show the EU has not entirely lost a sense of strategic purpose and that it is able to meet moral and political imperatives to address human suffering
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs, Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Africa, Europe|