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Joining the War on Terror - the EU and its Role in Global Counterterrorism

Kiwit, Luisa (2016) Joining the War on Terror - the EU and its Role in Global Counterterrorism.

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Abstract:The following thesis studies the role of the European Union as a security actor in the fight against global terrorism. The main research question this paper aims to answer is: To what extent is the EU able and willing to take on more responsibility as a counter-terrorism actor in the wake of global terrorism? In order to answer this question, secondary and primary sources will be studied. The data needed for this can be found in scientific journals, the official website of the EU and the EEAS, the legal documents conferring competences upon the European Union (TEU and TFEU), information collected by the non-governmental organisation ‘VoteWatch’, official reports on the CSDP missions that have been conducted in the past and independent assessments of these missions conducted by think tanks and other independent institutions. The current diffusion of terrorist groups and the persisting continuous threat of a terrorist attack all around the world and the failure of individual states to provide security in a sufficient manner make this study scientifically relevant and topical.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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