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EU Security Strategies

Extending the EU System of Security Governance, 1st Edition

Edited by Spyros Economides, James Sperling


256 pages

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This volume offers a coherent analysis of the European Union’s security strategies within a comparative framework.

If the EU is to survive and prosper as an effective security actor, it requires that greater attention be devoted to taking a cohesive and common position on the relationship between EU foreign policy means and goals. The major claim of this edited collection is that there is a European grand security strategy that disciplines member state security strategies. That grand strategy has two distinct substantive goals: (1) the preservation and expansion of the EU system of security governance; and (2) the implementation of specific strategies to meet internal and external threats and sources of insecurity. The EU has sought to develop a grand security strategy that not only accounts for the proliferation of threats possessing a military or non-military character and differentiates between core and peripheral regions of interest, but also addresses the requirements to bridge the increasingly blurred boundary between internal and external security threats and the necessary reconciliation of the competing security preferences of its member states. The empirical contributions to this volume examine the EU security strategies for specific issue areas and regional threat complexes. These case studies assess whether and how those strategies have consolidated or expanded the EU system of security governance, as well as their successes and limitations in meeting the security threats confronting the EU and its member-states.

This volume will be of great interest to students of EU policy, foreign policy, security studies and IR.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction

1. The European Union and the Grand Security Strategy for Post-Westphalian Governance,James Sperling

Part II: Geopolitical Contexts and Strategies

2. The EU, Grand Strategy and the Challenge of Rising and Revisionist Powers, Spyros Economides

3. The European Union and the Western Balkans: Enlargement as a Security Strategy, Ana E. Juncos

4. EU-ASEAN Security Cooperation, Lay Hwee Yeo

5. From Region-Building to Crisis Management: EU Security Strategies towards the Southern Mediterranean, Niklas Bremberg and Malena Britz

6. Europe’s Multiple Security Strategies towards Africa, David Styan

Part III. Sectoral Security Strategies

7. The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy: Institutions without Strategy, Andrew Cottey

8. Nuclear Non-proliferation: Strategy and Practices,Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitrios Bourantonis

9. Securing the EU’s borders in the 21st Century, Michela Ceccorulli and Sonia Lucarelli

10. Terrorism and Transnational Crime in Europe: A Role for Strategy?, Raphael Bossong and Mark Rhinard

11. The European Energy Security Strategy: Testing the Limits of Solidarity, Anna Herranz-Surrallés

Part IV. Conclusion

12. Conclusion: The EU Security Strategies: Consistency or Contradictions?, Spyros Economides

About the Editors

Spyros Economides is Associate Professor of International Relations and European Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

James Sperling is Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, and editor of The Handbook on Governance and Security (2014).

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 / Europe / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations