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From the ESS to the EU Global Strategy: external policy, internal purpose

Malksoo, Maria (2016) From the ESS to the EU Global Strategy: external policy, internal purpose. Contemporary Security Policy, 37 (3). pp. 374-388. ISSN 1352-3260. (doi:10.1080/13523260.2016.1238245)

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Security strategies are important sites for narrating the EU into existence as a security actor. The unveiling of a new global strategy on foreign and security policy for the EU immediately post-Brexit could be conceived as a pledge to remain together as a Union for the purposes of contributing to global security in a particular way. This paper offers a brief stock-taking of the EU's way of writing security from the European Security Strategy (2003) to the EU Global Strategy (2016). A concise exegesis of these documents exposes an interesting dynamic: as exercises in ordering the world, both strategic guidelines have turned out to be major exercises in ordering the self. The comparative snapshot shows the EU as increasingly anxious to prove its relevance for its own citizens, yet notably less confident about its actual convincingness as an ontological security framework for the EU's constituent members over time.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13523260.2016.1238245
Uncontrolled keywords: EU; ESS; EU Global Strategy; ontological security; CSDP; identity
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 07:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:50 UTC
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