The Fight Against Terrorism: A Key Global Objective for the EU?

  • Raphael BossongEmail author
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


The continued activities of Al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist actors have been a top priority of international security policy over the last decade. Since 9/11, the EU attempted to develop a comprehensive counter-terrorism policy that reaches across functional and geographic boundaries. This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of this dimension of the EU’s changing global role. The first part presents a brief historical introduction to the EU’s counter-terrorism cooperation since the 1970s. The second part surveys of three different strands of the EU’s current external counter-terrorism policy: (1) engagement in external conflicts that are likely to fan international terrorist activity, (2) support for the global counter-terrorist regime, (3) regional or transatlantic protection against terrorism. The third part assesses the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon on the EU’s external counter-terrorism policy and outlines current initiatives for reinforced security assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa. The chapter concludes that the EU experienced dynamic changes in matters of police and justice cooperation, but did not mobilize all its available instruments and resources to combat terrorism beyond its borders.


Organize Crime Security Policy Human Trafficking International Terrorism Lisbon Treaty 
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  1. 1.Institute for Peace Research and Security PolicyHamburgGermany

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