The future of the European Security and Defence Policy

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The future of the European Security and Defence Policy

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dc.contributor.author King, Anthony en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-26T14:31:40Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T10:54:32Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T15:52:03Z
dc.date.issued 2005-04 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) marks an important political moment when European integration has been extended to the issue of defence. Understandably, there has been extensive commentary on the ESDP, most of which has focused on the ESDP's institutional, industrial or military deficiencies. These commentaries have been illuminating but by concentrating on the manifest weaknesses of the ESDP, scholars have perhaps neglected to discuss explicitly how a coherent ESDP could develop. Drawing on recent work by Ben Tonra, this paper discusses the social conditions which are likely to be necessary if the ESDP is to develop into a robust policy. Above all else, a coherent ESDP depends upon the development of a binding sense of mutual obligation between France, Germany and Britain. These nations need to commit themselves to collective defence goals. The paper goes on to argue that for this collective commitment to be developed between these nations, the ESDP requires missions. Only through missions, in which these nations together experience a shared threat, will enduring collective interests and the political will to address them be developed. The future of the ESDP will thus be finally determined by the actions which are carried out in its name. In the end, this may mean that a European defence identity develops not through an independent ESDP but through NATO. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 26(1), pp.44-61 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13523260500116075 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/69017 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a713999784~db=all~order=page en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g713999787~db=all en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13523260.asp en_GB
dc.subject European Security and Defence Policy en_GB
dc.subject ESDP en_GB
dc.subject European Union en_GB
dc.subject military policy en_GB
dc.subject defence policy en_GB
dc.title The future of the European Security and Defence Policy en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-05-26T14:31:40Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T10:54:32Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T15:52:03Z
dc.identifier.issn 1352-3260 en_GB
dc.identifier.eissn 1743-8764 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Contemporary Security Policy en_GB


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