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Turning Points and Shifting Understandings of European Security: The European Neighbourhood Policy’s Development

  • Maria Raquel FreireEmail author
  • Licínia Simão
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Abstract

The chapter aims at contributing to the conceptualisation of the EU’s security role and of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) as a regional security policy. We argue that there have been shifts in the EU’s approach towards regional security in the framework of the ENP and that a clear trend towards a more systematic combination of structural and hard security elements is visible, reflecting both new EU institutional capabilities and a propitious international environment, demanding integrated and comprehensive approaches to security. We argue that the EU’s security actorness in the neighbourhood has benefited from this developing comprehensive approach, ingraining a mix of normative and geopolitical aspects reflected in the EU’s self-perception and its international image.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge funding for research from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN) of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement ‘CASPIAN—Around the Caspian: A Doctoral Training for Future Experts in Development and Cooperation with Focus on the Caspian Region’ (642709—CASPIAN—H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Centre for Social StudiesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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