Legitimacy in Europe

Multilateral and UN-Based
  • Janne Haaland Matlary


Views of what creates legitimacy for the use of force differ in Europe and in the USA, as we have indicated. But also within Europe there are differing views. On the Kosovo intervention, the USA and Europe agreed, but with regard to Iraq, there were major differences within Europe. The UK especially developed an argumentation for both interventions, as will be discussed in the next chapter on the USA and the use of force. In this chapter we focus on the EU as the key security actor in Europe — one that is still in the making, but that is developing its own basis for legitimate intervention.


Foreign Policy Security Policy Crisis Management Military Force Human Security 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janne Haaland Matlary
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  1. 1.University of OsloNorway

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