European Security and Defence Policy

An Implementation Perspective

Edited by Michael Merlingen, Rasa Ostrauskaite

Preface by Javier Solana

© 2008 – Routledge

230 pages

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About the Book

Security and defence is the area in which the EU has advanced most in recent years. A principal element of this process is the proliferating number of military and civilian crisis management missions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Clearly, Europe has come a long way since the disappointments and frustration in the 1990s, when, in light of the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia, analysts argued that the EU foreign and security policy was ‘neither common, nor foreign, nor dealing with security, nor (could) be called a policy.’ Since then the newly developed European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) has become the necessary framework for the formulation and implementation of effective European security policy.

This book is the first-ever in-depth inquiry of the ESDP in action. It analyzes the implementation of military and civilian missions in the Balkans, Southern Caucasus, Africa and Asia and asks what impact they have on the ground. The EUJUST Themis in Georgia, the Aceh Monitoring Mission in Indonesia as well as EUSEC-R.D. Congo and EUPOL Kinshasa are examined in

The European Security and Defence Policy will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, security, European studies, foreign policy, peacekeeping and transatlantic relations.


'Bringing together the contributions of different experts, this book provides a well constructed framework for the study of the development of European Security and Defence Policy missions, both military and civilian.'

Mirca Brancaleone, The International Spectator

Table of Contents

Preface List of Abbreviations 1. Introduction: The European Union in International Security Affairs Michael Merlingen and Rasa Ostrauskaite 2. The European Security and Defence Policy: History, Structures and Capabilities Maria Raquel Freire 3. The Role of ESDP Operations Xymena Kurowska 4. The Police Mission EUPM in Bosnia, 2003-2005 Thomas Mühlmann 5. The EU Military Operation in Bosnia Thomas Bertin 6. EUPOL Proxima in Macedonia, 2003-2005 Tobias Flessenkemper7. More than a Balkan Crisis Manager: The EUJUST Themis in Georgia Xymena Kurowska 8. Implementing the ESDP in Africa: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo Marta Martinelli 9. From European to Global Security Actor: The Aceh Monitoring Mission in Indonesia Paul Kirwan 10. ESDP Operations and NATO: Co-operation, Rivalry or Muddling-through? Gabriele Cascone 11. The ESDP Between Washington and Brussels Jeffrey Simon 12. The ESDP in Action: The View From the Consumer Side Kurt Bassuener and Enver Ferhatovic 13. The Implementation of the ESDP: Issues and Tentative Generalizations Michael Merlingen and Rasa Ostrauskaite Bibliography

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control