The Rise of European Security Cooperation

The Rise of European Security Cooperation

One of the most striking developments in recent international politics has been the significant increase in security cooperation among European Union states. Seth Jones argues that this increase in cooperation, in areas such as economic sanctions, weapons production and collaboration among military forces, has occurred because of the changing structure of the international and regional systems. Since the end of the Cold War, the international system has shifted from a bipolar to a unipolar structure characterized by United States dominance. This has caused EU states to cooperate in the security realm to increase their ability to project power abroad and to decrease reliance on the US. Furthermore, European leaders in the early 1990s adopted a 'binding' strategy to ensure long-term peace on the continent, suggesting that security cooperation is caused by a desire to preserve peace in Europe whilst building power abroad.


“A political scientist at the RAND Corporation, Jones takes issue with the widespread view (particularly prevalent in the United States) that European security cooperation has been a failure. Thoroughly examining post-Cold War European cooperation on security institutions, economic sanctions, arms production, and military forces, he argues that such skepticism is misplaced: European security cooperation is ‘one of the most striking developments in international politics today.’”
Philip H. Gordon, Foreign Affairs

"...both books contribute to the understanding of European foreign policy, and schoalrs working in this area will profit from reading them." --Richard G. Whitman, University of Bath.

'Seth Jones, one of America's outstanding scholar-analysts of security issues, provides an insightful, important and original analysis of past, current and future developments in Europe. As a former US Ambassador to NATO, I believe this book should be a 'must read' for policymakers and others interested in Europe. It offers the most comprehensive analysis of European developments in such areas as economic sanctions, arms production, and military forces.' Robert E. Hunter, US Ambassador to NATO, 1993–8 and author of The European Security and Defense Policy

'Seth Jones's newest work accomplishes one of the rarest feats: it offers sharp, counterintuitive analysis that is amply researched and elegantly argued. Jones not only offers a convincing analysis of the forces that have encouraged European security cooperation, but he leaves his reader with a solid grasp of its future dimensions. The Rise of European Security Cooperation is required reading for anyone who seeks to understand the surprising underpinnings of Europe's security cooperation - past, present or future.' William J. Dobson, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy

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