How Does the EU Help Prevent Conflicts?
How Does the EU Help Prevent Conflicts?
Podcast / Europe & Central Asia

How Does the EU Help Prevent Conflicts?

This week on War & Peace, Olya Oliker and Hugh Pope are joined by Hilde Hardeman, former head of the EU’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, to talk about the foreign policy toolkit the EU uses to ward off threats over its borders and encourage peacebuilding across the globe.

The president of the European Commision, Ursula Von Der Leyen, has vowed to create a more “geopolitical commission”, ramping up Europe’s external involvement and staking out an increasingly prominent place on the world stage. Though it has at times struggled to forge a united policy, the EU should not be underestimated: as the world's third largest economy, the bloc has numerous tools at its disposal with which to exert its influence. Indeed, the EU already plays a key role in preventing conflicts around the world and improving prospects for peace. 

This week on War & Peace, Olya Oliker and Hugh Pope are joined by Hilde Hardeman, the director general for EU Publications and former head of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments. They take stock of the challenges and opportunities facing Europe as geopolitical tensions at its borders reach boiling point and discuss how the EU’s foreign policy toolkit has evolved over time. They also talk about the EU’s conflict prevention strategies, its drive to put “green diplomacy” at the centre of its foreign policy, and Hilde’s commitment to combatting disinformation around the world. 

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Contributors

Program Director, Europe and Central Asia
OlyaOliker
Former Director of Communications & Outreach
Hugh_Pope
Hilde Hardeman
Director General, EU Publications Office

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