European Union and Strategy: An Emerging Actor

1st Edition

Kjell Engelbrekt, Jan Hallenberg

Routledge
Published June 26, 2009
Reference - 246 Pages
ISBN 9780415545310 - CAT# Y102241
Series: Contemporary Security Studies

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Summary

This edited volume sets out to explore the paradox that the European Union (EU) produces policies with strategic qualities, but lacks the institutions and concepts to engage in strategic reasoning and action proper.

The book has a two-fold agenda, exploring current EU external policies that are, or seem to be, linked to strategic priorities, and also studying the concept of strategy in the particular context of EU decision- and policymaking.

The volume first examines the character of the Union as a strategic actor at this stage of its development. It then explores the ability of the Union to act and otherwise influence both its periphery and the wider world, focusing in particular on how it is perceived by other actors. The final section comprises personal assessments by a group of contributors regarding the character of the union as a strategic actor in the present and future. When these are pieced together, a picture emerges of a European strategy in the making, albeit one that so far is modest and partial.

This book will be of interest to students of European Security, European Politics and IR.

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