This volume addresses how and in what capacity the European Union and its member states are able to respond to fundamental shifts occurring in global politics and remain relevant for the future.

The changing nature of the international system is subject to considerable contestation among scholars, with many claiming that the fundamentals of the post-war international system are being rewritten. This volume brings together prominent scholars in the field of European security to address a range of pertinent issues related to Europe’s role in the context of evolving global challenges. The first section focuses on whether the EU is an actor with a strategic nature and the means to act on a global security strategy. The second section considers the institutional dynamics and the approaches at the EU’s disposal to fulfil its possible intended global roles. The third section addresses Europe’s most important strategic relationship—the partnership it has with the United States. This section considers the recalibration of the transatlantic relationship in light of the changing international system and the reorientation of U.S. foreign policy.

This book will be of much interest to students of European Union policy, European Security policy, European Foreign policy and International Relations in general.

chapter 1|10 pages


Global challenges and institutional dynamics in the making of European security policy

part II|59 pages

Institutional dynamics and approaches

chapter 6|21 pages

The EU’s engagement with international organisations

NATO’s impact on the making of EU security policy

chapter 7|20 pages

The internal and external security nexus in Europe

Exploring and problematising its emergence

part III|85 pages

A recalibration of the transatlantic alliance

chapter 11|19 pages

European Union diplomacy and the Trump administration

Multilateral diplomacy in a transactional world?

chapter 12|16 pages

Mogherini and the Holy Grail

The quest for European strategic autonomy

chapter 13|12 pages


Towards EU strategic autonomy