European Integration in the Twenty-First Century provides a comprehensive overview of the many dimensions and challenges to the on-going European integration project. It employs a number of interdisciplinary perspectives to review processes of both unity and disunity providing the reader with a complete snapshot of contemporary European integration in its variety of settings.
Chapter 3: Future Paths to European Security
At the beginning of the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War, the hope was expressed that the twentieth century would end in a climate of peace and that the European continent which, in the course of the century had endured a series of bloody wars, would become an example of international cooperation and mutual understanding. However, by the end of the 1990s, these hopes were shown to be illusory. Instead, Europeans were living in an atmosphere of growing insecurity: a dramatic conflict had erupted in the Balkans. It was this dowry that Europeans would take into the twenty-first century.
Across the continent, individuals, organisations, societies and governments are confronted with the fundamental question of whether ...