Special political missions and their role in a preventive diplomacy: opportunities and challenges


  • Malgorzata Myl University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Law and Administration, Institute of Law, International Law and European Law, Poland




preventive diplomacy, special political missions, United Nations, European Union


Today’s diplomacy is an ambiguous phenomenon which involves many diverse tools and actions undertaken by national and international actors. The diplomacy is undoubtedly one of a key element of international peace and security as it enables to prevent disputes and conflicts. There is a host of measures and instruments that can be exercised at any stage of crisis, among which are special political missions. This paper is an attempt to discuss the role of a special political mission in preventive actions. The tasks and features are analyzed on examples of various special political missions. The considerations resulted in listing strengths of the special political missions and in identifying the challenges that should be faced in order to increase an effectiveness of the missions.

Author Biography

Malgorzata Myl, University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Law and Administration, Institute of Law, International Law and European Law, Poland

PhD at Institute of Law, International Law and European Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Silesia in Katowice


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How to Cite

Myl, M. (2021). Special political missions and their role in a preventive diplomacy: opportunities and challenges. Eastern European Journal of Transnational Relations, 4(2), 9–25. https://doi.org/10.15290/eejtr.2020.04.02.01