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The Making of European Security Policy

This volume addresses how and in what capacity the European Union and its member states are able to respond to fundamental shifts occurring in global politics and remain relevant for the future.

The changing nature of the international system is subject to considerable contestation among scholars, with many claiming that the fundamentals of the post-war international system are being rewritten. This volume brings together prominent scholars in the field of European security to address a range of pertinent issues related to Europe’s role in the context of evolving global challenges. The first section focuses on whether the EU is an actor with a strategic nature and the means to act on a global security strategy. The second section considers the institutional dynamics and the approaches at the EU’s disposal to fulfil its possible intended global roles. The third section addresses Europe’s most important strategic relationship—the partnership it has with the United States. This section considers the recalibration of the transatlantic relationship in light of the changing international system and the reorientation of U.S. foreign policy.

This book will be of much interest to students of European Union policy, European Security policy, European Foreign policy and International Relations in general.


Table of Contents



Antonio Missiroli

1. Introduction: Global Challenges and Institutional Dynamics in the Making of European Security Policy

Thomas Christiansen and Roberta N.Haar

Part I: The EU as a global actor: from Soft Power to Hard Power

2. Towards European Cooperative Autonomy

Nathalie Tocci

3. Normative Power in the Eastern Neighbourhood

Gergana Noutcheva

4. The Challenges Ahead for European Cultural Diplomacy

Mai’a Cross

5. Development Cooperation or Security Policy: The EU’s Support for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Andrew Sherriff

Part II: Institutional Dynamics and Approaches

6. The EU’s Engagement with International Organisations: NATO’s Impact on the Making of EU Security Policy

Hanna Ojanen

7. The Internal and External Security Nexus in Europe: Exploring and Problematising Its Emergence

Raphael Bossong and Mark Rhinard

8. Institutionalising the Integrated Approach to External Conflict

Steven Blockmans and Loes Debuysere

Part III: A Recalibration of the Transatlantic Alliance

9. The Role of China in Transatlantic Relations

Emil Kirchner

10. Reinterpreting the Transatlantic Relationship

Erik Jones

11. European Union Diplomacy and the Trump Administration: Multilateral Diplomacy in a Transactional World?

Michael Smith

12. Mogherini and the Holy Grail: The Quest for European Strategic Autonomy

Sven Biscop

13. Conclusion

Sabina Lange and Sophie Vanhoonacker