The EU as a Security Actor

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Postgraduate course

The course develops the students’ knowledge about the EU role as a security actor in the global arena. It addresses relevant issues  from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. It discusses  the concept of EU international actorness and performance, followed by a review of the EU’s structures, policies, strategies and activities associated with its role as a provider of international security.


Structure and thematic Areas

The course comprises three sections:

The first section introduces some of the main conceptual and theoretical perspectives of the EU as a security actor and its international performance.

The second section focuses on important subject areas in which the EU engages as a security actor, including CFSP, Defense Policy, neighbourhood Policy, strategic partnerships and policies regarding non-proliferation of WMD, terrorism and crisis management.

The third section evaluates the performance of the EU as a security actor in world politics.


Course Material

Main textbook: Kaunert C and Zwolski, K., The EU as a Global Security Actor (London: Palgrave, 2013


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