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European Union Military Operations

A Collective Action Perspective, 1st Edition

By Niklas I. M. Nováky


206 pages

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This book offers an in-depth study on the deployment of military operations in the framework of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (ESDP/CSDP).

While existing studies of the subject are either descriptive or focused on a single level of analysis, this book incorporates factors from three different levels of analysis to explain the deployment of ESDP military operations. First, the international level, where the emergence of events that threaten certain values held dear by EU member states, catalyses the process leading to an operation; second, the national level, where the member states formulate their initial national preferences towards a prospective deployment based on national utility expectations; and third, the EU level, where the member states come to negotiate and seek compromises to accommodate their different national preferences towards a deployment. The strength of this multi-level collective action approach is demonstrated by four in-depth military case studies, which analyse the preference formation of France, Germany, and the UK towards the deployments of Operation Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Operation Artemis and EUFOR RD Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia, respectively. The author draws on a wealth of primary sources, including over 50 semi-structured interviews conducted with national and EU officials during 2011-15, and provides an up-to-date overview and critique of the existing theoretical literature on the deployment of ESDP/CSDP military operations.

This book will be of much interest to students of European security, EU politics, military and strategic studies, and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents



1. New Frontier: The deployment of European Union military operations

2. Revelations: A multi-level collective action approach

3. Out of the Shadows: Operation Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina

4. To Tame a Land: Operation Artemis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

5. Deja-vu: EUFOR RD Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

6. Gangland: Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia

7. The Aftermath: Conclusions and final thoughts

About the Author

Niklas I.M. Nováky is a Research Officer at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Aberdeen, UK.

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
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations