Characterizing the European Union's Strategic Culture: An Analytical Framework

Alessia Biava*, Margriet Drent, Graeme P. Herd

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    Abstract

    This article does not question whether the EU has a strategic culture, but rather asks how one can investigate its nature. It creates and utilizes an analytical framework to demonstrate that the European Union's strategic culture is based on an extended concept of security and on a comprehensive, multilateral and internationally legitimated approach to threats, implying the use of military and civilian instruments in an integrated manner on over 20 common security and defence policy (CSDP) operations. It suggests that the analytical framework can also act as a stable reference point to compare and contrast the strategic cultures of a range of actors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1227-1248
    Number of pages22
    JournalJCMS-Journal of common market studies
    Volume49
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov-2011

    Keywords

    • CIVILIAN POWER
    • SECURITY
    • GERMANY
    • STRIKES
    • CONTEXT
    • DEFENSE
    • ACTOR

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