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