REVISITING THE EUROPEAN UNION'S COMMON SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY: NOVEL APPROACHES AND COMPLEMENTARY INSIGHTS

Date01 March 2015
DOIhttp://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12150
Published date01 March 2015
AuthorCAROLYN MOSER
doi: 10.1111/padm.12150
BOOK REVIEW ESSAYS
REVISITING THE EUROPEAN UNION’S COMMON
SECURITY AND DEFENCE POLICY: NOVEL
APPROACHES AND COMPLEMENTARY INSIGHTS
CAROLYN MOSER
The EU Common Security and Defence Policy
Panos Koutrakos
Oxford University Press, 2013, 318 pp., £75 (hb), ISBN: 9780199692729
Policy-Making in EU Security and Defence: An Institutional Perspective
Hylke Dijkstra
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 228 pp., £60 (hb), ISBN: 9781137357878
The European Union and Military Force: Governance and Strategy
Per M. Norheim-Martinsen
Cambridge University Press, 2013, 230 pp., £57 (hb), ISBN: 9781107028906
In early 2003, the European Union sent its rst civilian police mission to Bosnia and Herze-
govina and, shortly after, deployed its rst military operation to the Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia. Since then, more than 30 civilian missions and military operations
of varying types and sizes have been launched by the Union under the framework of the
Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), which is an integral part of the Common
Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
In the last decade, the security and defence dimension of the European project has thus
become a vibrant element of a Union willing to afrm its international role. But prior to
being ‘one of the most dynamic elds of European integration’ (Dijkstra 2013, p. 1), matters
with security and defence implications had for many years lagged behind the integra-
tion thrust of other policy areas, although the European integration process had started
off as a ‘security policy project’ (Koutrakos 2013, p. 81). However, since its inception at
the Cologne European Council in 1999, the institutional and operational developments
in the CSDP have been truly remarkable: the swift and ‘massive institutionalisation of the
CFSP/CSDP’ (Norheim-Martinsen 2013, p. 57) has provided for the deployment of several
thousand civilian and military personnel to four continents.
Remarkable also is the increasing academic interest in the CSDP. Against this backdrop,
the three recent publications with their novel perspectives on the CSDP add substantially
to our knowledge on the subject matter and allow us to understand the complexity and the
Carolyn Moser is at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law,Heidelberg,
Germany.
Public Administration Vol.93, No. 1, 2015 (255–261)
© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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