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The EU as a Security Actor


This lecture aims at providing students with some knowledge about European security and the role the EU plays in that respect. While European Security has been considered for a long time as dependent almost exclusively on the Transatlantic Alliance (NATO) and its American pillar, the European Union has been developing a comprehensive security policy (CFSP/CSDP). This has been a controversial issue in both political and scientific realms, for some considered it an anomaly with regard to the alleged – sometimes self-proclaimed – nature of the EU. This course focuses on the historical development and nature of EU’s diverse activities in the realm of security, and on the various ways to make sense of these.

Pré-requis souhaités

Ce cours nécessite certaines connaissances en matière d’histoire de l’intégration européenne et de fonctionnement des institutions et des politiques de l’UE (cf. Institutions européennes de troisième année). This lecture requires students to have some background in European integration and policymaking.

Bibliographie indicative

  • CAMERON, F., An introduction to European Foreign Policy, New York, Routledge, 2007.
  • KOUTRAKOS, P. (ed.), European Foreign Policy. Legal and Political Perspectives, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Pub., 2011.
  • SMITH K., European Foreign Policy in a Changing World, Cambridge, Malden, 2008, 2e ed.
  • TERPAN F., La Politique étrangère et de sécurité commune de l’UE, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2003.
  • WONG, R., HILL, C., National and European Foreign Policies. Towards Europeanization, London, Routledge, 2011.

En bref

Année Troisième année

Langue d'enseignementAnglais

Temporalité Semestriel

Crédits ECTS 2.0

Nombre d'heures 18.0

Type d'enseignementCours magistral

Mode de validationExamen terminal écrit

Enseignement optionnel


Hoeffler Catherine [+]

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