A New European Union Policy Highlights Global Focus on Averting Violent Conflict
The European Union recently released a strategy to bolster a growing priority of its foreign and defense policy: to help countries vulnerable to crisis build their resilience against catastrophic events, notably violent conflict. As warfare has uprooted the bulk of the world’s 65 million displaced people, the EU’s approach reflects a growing global focus on the importance of preventing civil war and its devastation. The United Nations, World Bank and U.S. government are among the organizations taking up this agenda.
|On November 30, USIP gathers U.S., European and World Bank officials to discuss how governments and international organizations can better coordinate the implementation of this broad new approach to halting violent conflicts.
The European Union issued its “strategic approach to resilience” this year as the World Bank and United Nations are completing a broad study on ways to catalyze the international community to better prevent violent conflicts. Concurrently, the State Department and other U.S. agencies are reviewing the United States’ efforts to help states struggling for stability in the face of warfare. As governments and international organizations improve these strategies, where are the obstacles to better coordination? Christian Leffler of the European Union will open this discussion by laying out the new EU policy framework.