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European Union Security and Defence

Policies, Operations and Transatlantic Challenges

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  • Explains the need for an EU security and defence union under the pressure and the impact of new external factors
  • Offers a multi-layered theoretical insight as well as the operational elements of applied policies through the testimony of field experts
  • Explores the strengthening of the EU-NATO strategic partnership and transatlantic relations

Part of the book series: Contributions to Political Science (CPS)

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​This book explores the multilayer nexus among inter-related international and regional security parameters that critically define the EU’s rapidly changing security environment. In terms of intensity, complexity and urgency these changes constitute challenges that threaten the very core of European security – both internal and external. In a fluid and transitional international environment of diversified needs and polymorphic threats the space dimension acquires a novel unified meaning.

The book closely examines the EU’s current strategic, organisational and defence capabilities regarding global, regional and domestic challenges such as terrorism, systemic instability, global order and a number of crucial hindrances to transatlantic cooperation. The chapters offer not only valuable theoretical insights, but also unique perspectives on operational and organisational elements of EU applied policies based on the testimonies of field experts. The combinationof theory-based approaches and the demonstration of the EU’s operational capabilities and weaknesses as externalized through its global strategy choices provide an overall evaluation of adopted policies and their effects. This is crucial in a global transition period that will define the EU’s role and its potential to produce desired outcomes through synergies with its strategic allies.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

    George Voskopoulos

About the editor

George Voskopoulos holds BA degrees from Brock University (Canada) and the Ionian University (Greece), an MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University (UK), and a PhD in European Studies from Exeter University’s Centre for European Studies. He is an Associate Professor of European Studies and former Head of the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. Currently he is an editorial board member of a number of international journals.

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