Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 71–87 | Cite as

A European Competitive Advantage? Civilian Instruments for Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management

  • Antonio Marquina
  • Xira Ruiz
Part II: The Other Option: An Autonomous Europe


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    Originated in the 1992 Petersberg meeting of WEU ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence and were later included in the Amsterdam Treaty. The Petersberg tasks comprise humanitarian and rescue tasks, peacekeeping, crisis management and peacemaking operations. These tasks have been expanded in the European Constitutional Treaty, Article III-210, section I, and include joint disarmament operations, humanitarian and rescue tasks, military advice and assistance tasks, conflict prevention and peacekeeping tasks, tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peacemaking and post-conflict stabilization. For these tasks, the EU may use civilian and military means.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Marquina
    • 1
  • Xira Ruiz
    • 1
  1. 1.Complutense UniversityMadridSpain

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