AbstractsBusiness Management & Administration

Reframing European Security: The role of European Integration in the European conceptualization of neighbourhood security

by Asger Bagge Petersen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: EU; Securitization; Buzan et al.; European Integration; Tunisia; Intergovernmentalism; Neo-functionalism; Copenhagen School
Record ID: 1120465
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/20786


This project seeks to analyse how the European security approach defines security within the ESS. The analysis will exemplify this security approach with the EU neighbourhood action plan in Tunisia, and the Copenhagen School’s theory of securitization will be included to deconstruct the EU’s perception of security. The aim of this framework is to broaden the EU’s security approach and thereby incorporating societal and environmental concerns. Furthermore the notion of European security is argued to be linked to the idea, that an emulation of the integration processes of the EU will further economic integration in the European neighbourhood. This project will problematize the idea of emulating integration, arguing that in other countries the notion of (economic) integration as a facilitator for stability and security is flawed. A new European approach to security in its neighbourhood is needed, and a shift towards a broader conception of what constitutes security issues will benefit the EU in dealing with these issues in a long-term strategy.