This volume analyzes the Nordic and Baltic states' relationship with the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).
Clive Archer presents a general background to the European Union's ESDP, the strategic situation of Northern Europe, the main security and defence policy issues faced by the states there, as well as outlining the main theoretical considerations concerning security in the region. Key chapters cover the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the four Nordic states of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The selected contributors provide an analysis of the region as seen from Brussels and of the practical and theoretical issues arising from the study. This new text tackles an aspect of the ESDP that has previously received little attention, and reinvigorates old ground, blending together analytical, theoretical and policy-relevant approaches.
New Security Issues in Northern Europe will be a welcome addition to all those with an interest in security studies, European politics and international relations.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Aims of the Book - The Empirical and Theoretical Outline 2. The Strategic Background 3. The EU and the ESDP in Context 4. Questions of Security in the Region: Internal-External, Soft-Hard, ‘Hyphenated’ 5. Some Hard Questions About Defence 6. Denmark 7. Finland 8. Norway 9. Sweden 10. Estonia 11. Latvia 12. Lithuania 13. The Response in Brussels: Views in the EU About Nordic and Baltic Contributions to the ESDP 14. Hard Answers to Hard Questions? Conclusions: Bringing Together Practice and Theory
Clive Archer is a research professor in the Department of Politics and Philosophy at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His research interests and areas of publication include the Nordic and Baltic region and European integration and security.