European Defence Policy: Beyond the Nation State by Frédéric Mérand

By Frédéric Mérand

This ebook explains the construction of the eu Union's defense and Defence Policy--to at the present time the main formidable undertaking of peacetime army integration. no matter if hailed as an important step within the integration of Europe or berated as a wasteful probability to U.S. strength, ecu electorate are more and more drawn to the typical safeguard coverage. this day, ''European Defence'' is extra well known than the eu Union itself, even in nice Britain. M?rand addresses the elemental problem posed via army integration to the way in which we expect in regards to the nation within the twenty first Century. on reflection during the last 50 years, he indicates how statesmen, diplomats and infantrymen have converged in the direction of Brussels as a ''natural'' method to their issues but additionally as whatever worthy struggling with over. The actors such a lot heavily linked to the formation of realms at the moment are shaping a transgovernmental safeguard and safeguard area. consequently, protection coverage is being denationalized. Exploring the advanced kinfolk among the nation, the army, and citizenship in present day Europe, M?rand argues that eu Defence is a symptom, yet no longer a reason, of the transformation of the country. This publication is an unique contribution to the idea of eu integration. Drawing at the paintings of Pierre Bourdieu, M?rand develops a political sociology of diplomacy which seeks to bridge institutionalism and constructivism. His cautious examine of practices, social representations and tool constructions sheds new mild on protection and defence cooperation, but additionally on ecu cooperation extra in most cases.

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But ESDP has also been a magnet for nongovernmental outfits 40 What is European Defence? that frequently hold conferences and workshops, publish policy papers, and try to position themselves as key interlocutors for the EU in the policy process. The most active ones are the Centre for European Reform, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Britain; the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, the Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques, and the Institut français des relations internationales in France; the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik in Germany; and the European Policy Centre, the International Security Information Service, the New Defence Agenda, and the George Marshall Fund in Brussels.

In a recent article, Hanna Ojanen (2006) makes a brave attempt at applying neofunctionalism and intergovernmentalism to the creation of ESDP. But she shows that their predictions for ESDP are indeterminate. Both approaches can be invoked to argue that security and defence cooperation is either impossible or inevitable. On the one hand, the Europeanization of defence policy is impossible in the absence of a European demos, which is a prerequisite for the functioning of a European political system.

Operation Artemis, on the other hand, was an “autonomous” operation, commanded from the French CPCO, augmented by liaison officers from participating countries. France, as the “framework nation,” contributed most of the personnel, with some additional staff from the UK, Germany, Sweden, and Belgium. The 2006 operation in the Congo was led by Germany’s brand new operations headquarters in Potsdam, which was specifically designed to accommodate a large number of foreign officers. 3 But the chain of command, instead of leading up to the North Atlantic Council or a member-state’s government, is placed under the authority of the EU Council.

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