1st Edition

EU Security Strategies Extending the EU System of Security Governance

Edited By Spyros Economides, James Sperling Copyright 2018
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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).