Diplomacy and Security Community-Building: EU Crisis by Niklas Bremberg

By Niklas Bremberg

This e-book contributes to the continuing debate in IR at the position of defense groups and formulates a brand new mechanism-based analytical framework.

It argues that the query we have to ask is how safeguard groups paintings at a time whilst armed conflicts between states became considerably much less widespread in comparison to different non-military threats and trans-boundary hazards (e.g. terrorism and the antagonistic results of weather change). Drawing upon fresh advances in perform concept, the e-book means that the emergence and unfold of cooperative safeguard practices, starting from multilateral international relations to problem administration, are as vital for realizing how safety groups paintings as extra conventional confidence-building measures.

Using the ecu, Spain and Morocco as an in-depth case learn, this quantity finds that in the course of the institutionalization of multilateral venues, the ecu has supplied cooperative frameworks that another way shouldn't have been to be had, and that the de-territorialized inspiration of safety threats has created a brand new cause for sensible cooperation among Spanish and Moroccan diplomats, military and civilian gurus. in the broader context, this e-book presents a mechanism-based framework for learning neighborhood businesses as protection community-building associations, and through the use of that framework it indicates how perform conception may be utilized in empirical learn to generate novel and thought-provoking result of relevance for the wider box of IR.

This publication may be of a lot curiosity to scholars of multilateral international relations, ecu Politics, overseas coverage, protection reviews and IR in general.

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Therefore, it deliberately seeks to conduct an in-depth and detailed study focusing on what can be described as a though case for the EU as a security community-building institution in the sense that even though we would expect the EU to influence Spanish–Moroccan relations there are still tensions between Spain and Morocco related to territorial and other issues. Thus, if the EU does not function as a security community-building institution towards Spain and Morocco, it would be difficult to assume that it would do so in other parts of the southern neighbourhood.

In effect, these Spanish cities constitute the land border between the EU and Morocco. There are other unsettled territorial issues as well, which allegedly spurred the Parsley Islet crisis in 2002. In addition, Morocco’s longstanding occupation of the former Spanish colony, Western Sahara, is also a source of bilateral tensions, as large parts of Spanish civil society tend to support Polisario’s struggle for Saharawi independence, while subsequent Spanish governments since the 1980s have rather sought to maintain working relations with Rabat.

Primary sources from the European institutions, such as conclusions adopted by the Council of the EU or proposals presented by the European Commission, have largely been retrieved from the web-based archives of the corresponding institutions. Spanish primary sources, such as legislation, defence directives, foreign policy statements, speeches and parliamentary debates, have been accessed through the web pages of the Spanish Parliament, the Boletín Oficial del Estado, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior as well as the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office.

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