1st Edition

International Relations Theory and European Security We Thought We Knew

Edited By Lorenzo Cladi, Andrea Locatelli Copyright 2016
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book engages with key contemporary European security issues from a variety of different theoretical standpoints, in an attempt to uncover the drivers of foreign policy and defence integration in the EU.

    Although European foreign policy has been attracting an ever-increasing number of International Relations (IR) scholars since the end of the Cold War, consensus on what drives European foreign policy integration has not yet emerged. This book seeks to encourage debate on this issue by examining a wide range of high-profile security issues which have roused significant interest from policy makers, academics and the public in recent years. The volume discusses, amongst other issues, the strategic posture of the European Union as a security actor, the troubled relationship with Russia, the debate regarding France’s relations with the US following France’s rapprochement with NATO and the EU’s influence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The collective intent of the contributors to highlight the drivers of EU foreign policy and defence integration ties together the wide variety of topics covered in this volume, forming it into a comprehensive overview of this issue. By paying considerable attention not just to the internal drivers of EU cooperation, but also to the critical role played by the US as an incentive or obstacle to European security, this book presents a unique contribution to this field of debate.

    This book will be of much interest to students of European security, IR theory, Transatlantic Relations, European politics and EU foreign policy.

    Foreword, Aaron Karp and Regina Karp Introduction: On Theories, Paradigms, and CSDP, Lorenzo Cladi and Andrea Locatelli  PART I: Do IR Theories Have a Say on CSDP? 1. Structural Realism: Balancing, Bandwagoning, or What?, Lorenzo Cladi and Andrea Locatelli 2. Neoclassical Realism: Clarifying the Nature of Systemic- and Domestic-Level Variables in CSDP, Tom Dyson 3. The Emergence and Evolution of CSDP: A Liberal Approach, Friederike Richter 4. Governmental interest, New Liberalism, and the CSDP, Benjamin Pohl, Niels van Willigen and Cynthia M.C. van Vonno 5. Beyond Material Factors? Identity, Culture and the Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Carla Monteleone 6. How to Explain the Transnational Security Governance of the European Union?, Kamil Zwolski  PART II: On the Limits of IR Theories to Understand CSDP 7. Of politics and policies. Thinking strategically about the EU, Olivier Schmitt 8. Realism and the CSDP-NATO Conundrum, Luiz Simón 9. France, America, and the Issue of Balancing (Soft or Otherwise): A Tale of Two Cycles, David Haglund 10. The EU’s Policy Towards Russia: National Interests and Path Dependency, Serena Giusti 11. The EU’s Foreign Policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Story of Underachievement?, Lorenzo Cladi 12. Conclusion, Lorenzo Cladi and Andrea Locatelli


    Lorenzo Cladi is a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK, and has a PhD in International Relations from Loughborough University, UK.

    Andrea Locatelli is Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florence, Italy.

    'Cladi and Locatelli’s contributors are rightfully drawn from various theoretical schools (realism, liberal institutionalism, constructivism), and readers will derive little consensus about how or why European-wide institutions can or might be effective in security matters. But, perhaps, contributing to that debate is the most valuable aspect of this Routledge collection...Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and faculty.'--D. N. Nelson, Center for Arms Control & Nonproliferation, CHOICE