The EU Global Strategy refers to building state and societal resilience in its neighbourhood as one of the key strategic priorities of the EU. This article by Ana E. Juncos argues that the discourse of resilience that permeates the EUGS chimes well with a pragmatist turn in social sciences and global governance. The EUGS introduces resilience-building alongside an emphasis on flexibility, tailor-made approaches, and the need for local ownership, capacity-building, and comprehensiveness. More importantly, the new EUGS proposes “principled pragmatism” as a new operating principle in its foreign policy.
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