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Ole Elgström

Ole Elgström

Professor emeritus

Ole Elgström

Perceptions of the EU’s Role in the Ukraine-Russian and the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts: A biased mediator?

Author

  • Ole Elgström
  • Natalia Chaban
  • Michèle Knodt
  • Sharon Pardo
  • Patrick Muller

Summary, in English

This article focuses on how the European Union's (EU) mediation activities during the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Palestine conflicts are perceived by local elites. Our analysis is based on recent interviews with decision makers in Ukraine, Israel and Palestine. Consistent with this special issue, we investigate perceptions of EU roles, strategies and effectiveness. We suggest that the EU's relation to the parties may affect their perceptions of EU conflict mediation efforts. Specifically, we expect that the EU is perceived as a biased mediator in both cases due to perceived close relations to one or more conflict parties. However, contrary to our expectations and widespread assumption in mediation theory, while such a bias exists, we found it is not perceived as a main cause of EU ineffectiveness. Other factors, including the prominence of other mediators and internal EU disunity, are perceived as more detrimental to EU efficacy. © 2018 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2018-05-05

Language

English

Pages

299-318

Publication/Series

International Negotiation

Volume

23

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Brill Academic Publishers

Topic

  • Political Science

Keywords

  • Israel-Palestine conflict
  • mediator
  • eu external perceptions
  • European Union (eu)
  • Russia-Ukraine conflict

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1382-340X