Since the end of World War II, security and defence have played a major role in European politics. With the European Union's increasing role on the global stage and with today's war on terrorism, security and defence issues have dramatically gained weight and importance in international politics. This compelling volume provides an interdisciplinary look at the development and current status of the European security system as well as selected key issues on today's security agenda. As such, it provides an excellent resource for those wishing to make sense of the complexities of defence and security issues in the European Union at a time of global change.
Gunther Hauser is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Austrian Defence Academy, Director at the International Order Department at the Dusseldorf Institute for Foreign and Security Policy, and Vice President of the WIFIS Security Policy Institute in Hamburg. Franz Kernic is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Innsbruck and a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich, Germany. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategy and Security Policy in Vienna, Austria.
'Anyone wishing to understand the changing role of the European Union in the defence and security realms could perhaps do no better than consulting this excellent volume. Together, the chapters provide an incisive and comprehensive analysis of the emerging European security system in a time of turbulence and change in world politics.' Peter Shearman, University of Melbourne, Australia '...what is immediately noticeable about the collection of essays in this book is that the contributors are both practitioners from military institutions, as well as researchers from think tanks within Europe. This is a positive feature of the book that enables thorough and empirically detailed discussion and analyses to emerge of some of the most important issues impacting on the evolution of the European security architecture, with the individual chapters providing well researched, interesting and rigorous accounts...it will appeal to academics, policy-makers, experts, and those with a general interest in European security.' The Cyprus Review '...the book brings together a thorough analysis of the contemporary security dilemmas and debates in Europe. The structure of this edited volume covers all areas of concern and follows a coherent flow from theoretical and institutional matters to actual empirical evidence of the transition process of European security...Each author brought his or her particular expertise to present a collection of essays that do not only provide a thorough presentation of the European security agenda developments but also an extensive and meticulous analysis over the wider implications of the new security order for Europe and for the world. It is a book that can be read and understood not only by experts in the area but by all of us broadly interested in the future of European security.' Journal of Contemporary European Research