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The EU as an Interorganisational Influencer?

Nele Marianne Ewers-Peters

This paper seeks to address the EU’s role as an interorganisational influencer on other regionalorganisations. More specifically, it examines and assesses the extent to which the EU has beenable to shape the institutional designs, policies and tools of the African Union (AU) and theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the security domain. Both organisationsare regional of nature, possess specific tasks and responsibilities which include the realm ofsecurity, and maintain interorganisational relations with the EU. While the EU has been heavilyinfluenced by international organisations and international institutions, such as the UnitedNations, NATO, and the Council of Europe, it also has the potential itself to exertinterorganisational influence. This potential can put the EU in different positions asinterorganisational influencer. These positions vary from role model and to a limitedinfluencer. The case examples of the AU and ASEAN will serve to illustrate the varying degreeof the EU’s influence on international organisations.

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