During the last two decades the study of European foreign policy has experienced remarkable growth, presumably reflecting a more significant international role of the European Union. The Union has significantly expanded its policy portfolio and though empty symbolic politics still exists, the Unions international relations have become more substantial and its foreign policy more focused. European foreign policy has become a dynamic policy area, being adapted to changing challenges and environments, such as the Arab Spring, new emerging economies/powers; the crisis of multilateralism and much more. The SAGE Handbook of European Foreign Policy, Two-Volume set, is a major reference work for Foreign Policy Programmes around the world. The Handbook is designed to be accessible to graduate and postgraduate students in a wide variety of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Both volumes are structured to address areas of critical concern to scholars at the cutting edge of all major dimensions of foreign policy. The volumes are composed of original chapters written specifically to the following themes: Research traditions and historical experience Theoretical perspectives EU actors State actors Societal actors The politics of European foreign policy Bilateral relations Relations with multilateral institutions Individual policies Transnational challenges The Handbook will be an essential reference for both advanced students and scholars.
Chapter 56: Security Issues in Foreign Policy
Security Issues in Foreign Policy
The EU has become a key actor in the international architecture for peace and security after the Cold War, which changed drastically the regional and global geopolitical environments. This also led to a series of European institutional innovations and developments following the creation of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in 1999. The academic field of EU security research has evolved and grown rapidly in the past 20 years due to these empirical developments and has become a central part of the research agenda on the EU (Howorth, 2007). The European security research field ...