The Future of Western European Security

  • Barry Buzan


In recent years, questions of defence and security have moved to the forefront of the political agenda in many Western European countries. Popular dissatisfaction with existing defence policies has led to sustained mass campaigns against nuclear weapons in several countries. Opposition to Western Europe’s defence dependence on the United States has become deeper and more widespread since the 1979 triumph of the political right in the USA brought to power a government openly dedicated to military competition with the Soviet Union. The durable nature of the concern about Western Europe’s defence dependence on the USA is indicated by the wide variety of its sources. At one extreme the concern is generated by the fear of unwanted or accidental war arising out of superpower rivalry. At the other, it is generated by fears such as those unleashed by the INF agreement, that the United States is loosening its commitment to protect Western Europe. Even the British Foreign Secretary has spoken of the need for Western Europe to play a more independent and self-reliant role in the provision of its own security.1


Nuclear Weapon Security Policy Security Problem Defence Policy European Security 
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