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The European Union's engagement in reforming the Security Sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2003-2013

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The European Union’s Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is often heralded as a new and innovative tool for crisis management. Yet, its most challenging missions were largely taken over from the UN or NATO with their effectiveness and impact being disputed. This paper asks if the record of ten years of EU crisis management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had an impact in security sector reform. The main argument is that despite anecdotal evidence for convergence in European security the continued divergence of EU member states undermined collective action and undermined the success of the CSDP missions in the DRC : EUPOL Kinshasa, EUSEC and EUPOL DRC . The insight draws on interviews with the EUPOL and EUSEC mission in Goma and Kinshasa and with the UN MONUSCO operation as well as Congolese.

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