By Clive Archer
This quantity analyzes the Nordic and Baltic states' dating with the eu defense and Defence coverage (ESDP). Clive Archer offers a normal heritage to the ecu Union's ESDP, the strategic state of affairs of Northern Europe, the most defense and defence coverage matters confronted by way of the states there, in addition to outlining the most theoretical concerns pertaining to protection within the quarter. Key chapters hide the 3 Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the 4 Nordic states of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. the chosen members offer an research of the sector as visible from Brussels and of the sensible and theoretical matters coming up from the research. This new textual content tackles a side of the ESDP that has formerly acquired little recognition, and reinvigorates outdated flooring, mixing jointly analytical, theoretical and policy-relevant ways. New safeguard concerns in Northern Europe might be a great addition to all people with an curiosity in safety reports, eu politics and diplomacy.
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In this context, a historical presentation of security changes in Northern Europe appears to be most suitable for this chapter. It will enable the reader to see how the situation has changed and to compare these changes with those in the national chapters. Hence, various security Security in Northern Europe post-Cold War 17 challenges will be discussed in their chronological order of occurrence. The chapter will end with a brief evaluation of security risks in the region in terms of their correspondence to the categories outlined in the academic approach and the challenges outlined in the European Security Strategy.
New Security Issues in Northern Europe: The Nordic and Baltic States and the ESDP (Routledge Uaces Contemporary European Studies) by Clive Archer