1st Edition

EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence A Critical Assessment

Edited By Javier Argomaniz, Oldrich Bures, Christian Kaunert Copyright 2016
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Treaty on the European Union stipulates that one of the key objectives of the Union is to provide citizens with a high level of safety within an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Given that the fight against terrorism is a prominent aspect of this general objective, it is remarkable that, in spite of its political relevance and decade-long history, it has only relatively recently received due attention in the academic community. Yet an analysis of the successes and failures of the EU's involvement in this field is imperative and this is a particularly pertinent moment to take stock of progress.

    The goal of this book is therefore to look back at the post-9/11 period and answer the question of whether, when it comes to the measures taken to combat terrorism following these attacks, the EU has lived up to the promise made in its founding treaties. In pursuing this goal, this volume presents the views of leading experts casting a critical eye over the EU's performance, recognising achievements but also being suitably critical when the realities did not match the European rhetoric. In doing this, the book makes a significant contribution not only to the scholarly investigation of European Union policies, but also to the study of counter-terrorism in general.

    This book was published as a special issue of Intelligence and National Security.

    1. Introduction: A Decade of EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment  Javier Argomaniz, Oldrich Bures and Christian Kaunert

    2. Ten Years of EU’s Fight against Terrorist Financing: A Critical Assessment  Oldrich Bures

    3. Still Moving Toward a European FBI? Re-Examining the Politics of EU Police Cooperation  John D. Occhipinti

    4. The European Union Policies on the Protection of Infrastructure from Terrorist Attacks: A Critical Assessment  Javier Argomaniz

    5. EU Counter-radicalization Policies: A Comprehensive and Consistent Approach?  Edwin Bakker

    6. Border Controls as a Dimension of the European Union’s Counter-Terrorism Policy: A Critical Assessment  Sarah Léonard

    7. The EU as an International Counter-terrorism Actor: Progress and Constraints  Jörg Monar

    8. The European Parliament in the External Dimension of EU Counter-terrorism: More Actorness, Accountability and Oversight 10 Years on?  Christian Kaunert, Sarah Léonard and Alex MacKenzie

    9. From Convergence to Deep Integration: Evaluating the Impact of EU Counter-Terrorism Strategies on Domestic Arenas  Monica Den Boer and Irina Wiegand

    10. Counter-Terrorism, Security and Intelligence in the EU: Governance Challenges for Collection, Exchange and Analysis  Monica Den Boer


    Javier Argomaniz is a Lecturer at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at St. Andrews University, UK. His research examines state, non-state, and civilian responses to political violence, and he currently co-directs an international EU-funded project on victims of terrorism and radicalisation.

    Oldrich Bures is the Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, and the Head of the Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic. His research is focused on privatisation of security and counterterrorism, and has appeared in several per-reviewed journals.

    Christian Kaunert is Professor of International Politics, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Justice and Home Affairs Policy, and Director of the European Institute for Security and Justice at the University of Dundee, UK. He is Co-Director of the EUSA special interest section on the AFSJ.