This new Handbook brings together key experts on European security from the academic and policy worlds to examine the European Union (EU) as an international security actor.

In the two decades since the end of the Cold War, the EU has gradually emerged as an autonomous actor in the field of security, aiming to safeguard European security by improving global security. However, the EU’s development as a security actor has certainly not remained uncontested, either by academics or by policy-makers, some of whom see the rise of the EU as a threat to their national and/or transatlantic policy outlook.

While the focus of this volume is on the politico-military dimension, security will also be put into the context of the holistic approach advocated by the EU. The book is organised into four key sections:

  • Part I – The EU as an International Security Actor
  • Part II – Institutions, Instruments and Means
  • Part III – Policies
  • Part IV – Partners

This Handbook will be essential reading for all students of European Security, the EU, European Politics, security studies and IR in general.

chapter |2 pages


part |57 pages

The EU as an international security actor

chapter |13 pages

European Security Institutions 1945–2010

The weaknesses and strengths of ‘Brusselsization'

chapter |10 pages


A dissident voice in the study of the CSDP

chapter |12 pages

The European Security Strategy

Towards a grand strategy?

chapter |10 pages

European Strategic Culture

Taking stock and looking ahead

part |81 pages

Institutions, instruments and means

chapter |15 pages

Diplomacy and the CFSP

With new hands on the wheel, have we something that's real?1

chapter |13 pages

Military CSDP

The quest for capability

chapter |14 pages

Civilian CSDP

A tool for state-building?

chapter |10 pages

Defence Industry and Technology

The base for a more capable Europe

chapter |11 pages

Security through Democracy

Between aspiration and pretence

chapter |16 pages

Security and Development In EU External Relations

Converging, but in which direction?

part |110 pages


chapter |14 pages

The CSDP in the Western Balkans

From experimental pilot to security governance

chapter |11 pages

The Three Paradigms of European Security in Eastern Europe

Co-operation, competition and conflict

chapter |9 pages

Europe, the Southern Neighbourhood and the Middle East

Struggling for coherence

chapter |10 pages

The EU and Iran

chapter |10 pages

The EU and Asia

Towards proactive engagement?

chapter |10 pages

Energy Security

A missing link between EU energy and foreign policies

part |62 pages


chapter |15 pages

NATO and the United States

Working with the EU to strengthen Euro-Atlantic security

chapter |11 pages

The UN and European Strategy

chapter |11 pages

CSDP and the OSCE

Time for partnership to reach its full potential?

chapter |10 pages

The African Union

A partner for security

chapter |13 pages

The EU and its Strategic Partners

A critical assessment of the EU's strategic partnerships