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EU Security Policy and Crisis Management

A Quest for Coherence, 1st Edition

By Nicole Koenig


184 pages

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This book explores European Union crisis management and draws implications for its role as an international security actor.

The success of EU crisis management has varied greatly and this book aims to identify the key factors that explain the differing degrees of coherence through a comparative analysis of its multidimensional crisis responses in Africa. The empirical focus lies on three prominent EU crisis management cases, namely Libya in 2011, Somalia in 2011-2012, and the Sahel in 2012-2013. It analyses the activities and interaction of EU institutional actors and member states, with a focus on France, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The book argues that the EU represents a rather unpredictable security actor, whose multi-level coherence is contingent on the congruence of domestic economic and electoral interests, as well as national threat perceptions, and the extent to which EU-level coherence norms resonate with national norms on the use of force and modes of multilateral cooperation. In sum, this book offers systematic insight into EU crisis management and clarifies the conceptual and empirical boundaries of the comprehensive approach. Finally, the study of the micro-foundations of coherence allows for policy-relevant suggestions on the EU’s future role as a security actor.

This book will be of much interest to students of EU policy, European Security, Peace and Conflict Studies, African Politics and IR in general.


'The work provides an extensive and thought-provoking assessment of the obstacles to a truly integrated European Common Security and Defence Policy today… Overall, the author uses an innovative approach, offering scholars and students an original and stimulating perspective for reading recent EU developments in security matters.'-Margherita Bianchi, Université libre de Bruxelles, The International Spectator

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Managing crises – between calculation and socialisation 3. Libya: diverging responses, interests and norms 4. Somalia: coherent crisis management and collective interests 5. The Sahel: between collective strategy and individual action 6. Comparing crisis responses and explaining variation 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Nicole Koenig is a research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut, Berlin, Germany, and has a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Edinburgh University and the University of Cologne.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Security and Strategy

The aim of this series is to bring together the key experts on European security from the academic and policy worlds, and assess the state of play of the EU as an international security actor. The series explores the EU, and its member states, security policy and practices in a changing global and regional context. While the focus is on the politico-military dimension, security is put in the context of the holistic approach advocated by the EU.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General