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New Threats to European Security

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The purpose of this chapter is to trace the resurgence of direct threats to European security. It does so by tracing the gradual breakdown of relations between Russia and Western states, and particularly Europe’s two key security organisations: the EU and NATO. These organisations completely marginalised the OSCE, which played a key role in ending the Cold War and laying out the liberal visions for a new and undivided Europe. The chapter has five parts. The first part shows how the liberal-inspired peace policies, which brought prosperity and security to the states joining the EU and NATO, helped bring about a renewed rivalry between Russia and the West. The second part analyses the different Russian and Western perceptions driving the confrontation, the rise of hybrid threats, and considers the likelihood of a direct military confrontation between the two sides. The third section turns south, showing how failed EU and NATO attempts to democratise and stabilise the MENA helped create the cocktail of terrorism, state collapse, migration and refugees that now pose a direct threat to European security. The fourth examines how the EU and NATO have perceived and tackled the new direct threats from the South. The fifth and final part sums up the main findings and discusses their implications for the future of the EU, NATO and European security.
TitelContemporary European Security
RedaktørerDavid J. Galbreath, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Laura Chappell
Publikationsdato2 apr. 2019
ISBN (Trykt)978-0415473569
StatusUdgivet - 2 apr. 2019


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