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The European Defence Agency

Arming Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Nikolaos Karampekios, Iraklis Oikonomou


296 pages

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This volume provides a comprehensive understanding of the European Defence Agency (EDA), the leading EU armaments policy institution.

Despite its critical role in European strategic and military affairs as the key hub of European policy-making in the field of armaments, the Agency has hitherto received very little attention by the academic and research community around Europe. To fill this gap in the literature, the book covers a multitude of inter-related themes and topics. Not only does it provide a detailed analysis and assessment of the Agency’s record as the first institution dealing solely with EU armaments policy, but it also links these findings to international relations and European integration theory. Thematically, the contributions go beyond the mere description of achievements, gaps and risks, elaborating on novel themes such as space, offsets, pooling and sharing, and transatlantic armaments relations. The book combines an interdisciplinary approach to the study of European defence with theoretical and ontological pluralism, and seeks to unveil the strategic, industrial, institutional and ideational sources of armaments collaboration and capability development under the aegis of the EDA.

The multi-faceted orientation of the book will be of much interest to students of European security, EU institutions, defence studies, arms control and international relations in general.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Hilmar Linnenkamp Introduction, Nikolaos Karampekios & Iraklis Oikonomou PART I: Theorising the European Defence Agency 1. Institutionalist Approaches to Agency Establishment, Helena Ekelund 2. The EDA and the discursive construction of European defence and security, André Barrinha 3. Brothers in Arms? The European Arms Industry and the Making of the EDA, Iraklis Oikonomou PART II: The European Defence Agency in Action 4. EU Military Capability Development and the European Defence Agency: Ideas, Interests, and Institutions, Alistair J.K. Shepherd 5. The European Defence Agency and Armaments Collaboration, Katia Vlachos-Dengler 6. The European Defence Agency and the Field of Research and Technology, Anja Dahlmann, Marcel Dickow and Léa Tisserant 7. The EDA and the Integration of the European Defence Market, Aris Georgopoulos PART III: The European Defence Agency, the Nation-state and Beyond 8. France, the UK and the European Defence Agency, Jocelyn Mawdsley 9. Germany’s limited leadership in the EDA: international and domestic constraints on defence cooperation, Tom Dyson 10. Organizations at war: The EDA, NATO and the European Commission, Marc R. DeVore PART IV: Broadening of the EU Armaments Policy Agenda 11. The EDA and military capability development: making Pooling and Sharing Work, Laura Chappell and Petar Petrov 12. The EDA and the Development of a European Defence Technological and Industrial Base, Marie-Louise Chagnaud, Christian Mölling and Torben Schütz 13. The EDA and Defence Offsets: Tailing after the Commission, Peter Platzgummer 14. The European Defence Agency’s Inroads into Space, Frank Slijper Conclusion, Nikolaos Karampekios and Iraklis Oikonomou

About the Editors

Nikolaos Karampekios is a research fellow at the Centre for Security Economics and Technology - University of St. Gallen and holds a PhD in Technology Policy from the National Technical University of Athens.

Iraklis Oikonomou is a political scientist and holds a PhD in International Politics from the University of Wales Aberystwyth.

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 / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General