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The European Union with PESCO - A Security Community?

Feldmann, Inga Aenne (2018) The European Union with PESCO - A Security Community?

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Abstract:This study aims at understanding the way the European Union developed towards a security community with focus on the role of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the latest achievement under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Applying the theory of a security community inspired by a framework proposed by Adler and Barnett (1998a), two periods of security are analysed: First, the building of the European Coal and Steal Community up to the Treaty of Lisbon and second, PESCO under the CSDP of the Lisbon Treaty. PESCO is reviewed in reflection to the EU security community, taking into account its strategical, narrative and practical dimension. Under the notion of constructivism, the special interplay between institutions and identity is focused on. In summary, the EU is concluded as mature security community with PESCO signing for trust and a common identity. Unlike often proposed, however, PESCO is not seen as the ‘dream’ coming true in defence matters and questions of external security. Its launch is in line with the European strategical vision today and the general EU security community development, dominated by institutions mutually reinforcing a common European virtue.
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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