European Security and Defence

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Title: European Security and Defence
Authors: Tonra, Ben
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Date: 11-Nov-2016
Abstract: In a world where the global legal order is thin and often fragile, we continue to rely heavily on older legal foundations of territorial sovereignty. In Europe, the very cradle of the Westphalian state model, challenges to that order are all the more shocking. Russia’s decision to annex Crimea—regardless of its perceived geostrategic justification—poses a stark and undeniable challenge to the post-Cold War order. While Russia cannot pose the kind of strategic threat offered at great domestic cost by the USSR, it is a significant regional actor. European states, bilaterally and multilaterally (through the EU, NATO, the OSCE and the Council of Europe), also have a vested interest in restoring normal relations with Russia. However, Russia’s actions towards and within Ukraine are unparalleled in modern times and have forced a fundamental re-evaluation across European foreign and defence ministries of contemporary assumptions about the nature of modern security and European territorial defence.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge
Keywords: NATOEU securityEuropean politics
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Europa Publications (eds.). Western Europe 2016
ISBN: 9781857437386 2018-05-11T01:00:11Z
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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