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The EU, Strategy and Security Policy

Regional and Strategic Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Laura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Petar Petrov


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This edited collection is a timely and in-depth analysis of the EU’s efforts to bring coherency and strategy to its security policy actions.

Despite a special European Council summit in December 2013 on defence, it is generally acknowledged that fifteen years since its inception the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has yet to acquire a clear sense of purpose. This book investigates those areas where the EU has established actorness in the security and defence field and asks whether they might constitute the elements of an emergent more coherent EU strategy on security. Taking a critical view, the contributors map the EU’s strategic vision(s) across particular key regions where the EU has been active as a security actor, the strategic challenges that it has pinpointed alongside the opportunities and barriers posed by a multiplicity of actors, interests and priorities identified by both member states and EU actors. By doing this we demonstrate where gaps in strategic thinking lie, where the EU has been unable to achieve its aims, and offer recommendations concerning the EU’s future strategic direction.

This book will be of much interest to students of European security, EU policy, strategic studies and IR in general.

Table of Contents

1. Strategy in European Security and Defence policy - does it matter?, Laura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Petar Petrov

Section 1: Regional Challenges

2. CSDP strategy in the Balkans and the Eastern neighbourhoodIn Search for a Strategy?, Ana E Juncos

3. The EU in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, Ronja Kempin, Ronja Scheler

4. The EU’s comprehensive approach to security in the MENA regionWhat Lessons for CSDP from Libya?, Wolfgang Mühlberger, Patrick Müller

5. The CSDP and Asia, Rhys Merrett

Section 2: Strategic Challenges

6. CSDP and the internal-external security nexus, Alistair J.K. Shepherd

7. The EU’s security actorness in cyber space: quo vadis?, André Barrinha and Helena Carrapiço

8. Maritime Security and the CSDPInterests, Operational Experience, and Strategies, Michael E. Smith

9. The EU –UN Partnership in Light of the Responsibility to Protect, Julia Schmidt

Section 3: Strategic Opportunities and Barriers

10. EU-NATO relationsTop-down strategic paralysis, bottom-up cooperation, Simon Duke, Sophie Vanhoonacker

11. The National Priorities of Germany, France and the UKEnabling or Constraining a Joined-Up EU Strategy?, Laura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Richard Whitman

12. Military Capabilities and Force Transformation, David J. Galbreath and Simon J. Smith

13. Conclusion, Laura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Petar Petrov

About the Editors

Laura Chappell is Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Surrey, UK.

Jocelyn Mawdsley is Senior Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Petar Petrov is Assistant Professor in International relations and EU External Relations at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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 / Political Freedom & Security / General