Transformed beyond recognition? The politics of post-neutrality

Agius, C 2011, 'Transformed beyond recognition? The politics of post-neutrality' , Cooperation and Conflict, 46 (3) , pp. 370-395.

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The transition from neutrality to post-neutrality has been debated by constructivists and rationalists alike as a seemingly logical and unproblematic move: the end of the Cold War and the widening of the security agenda in a globalizing world have meant that a state-centric approach to security is no longer viable or desirable. The former neutrals are subsequently reconfiguring their security policies to reflect this development and contributing to European and NATO security initiatives, and at the same time contributing their own unique ‘soft security’ experiences and practices. This article aims to problematize this seemingly smooth move from neutrality to postneutrality by examining the discourses deployed to facilitate this change. Arguing that there is a politics of post-neutrality at work, it draws attention to how identity is being reconstituted in the process of European integration and identity-formation, and how discourses on changing forms of security cooperation are facilitating the discursive dissemination of an inevitable logic that neutrality in any form will eventually be abandoned.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Cooperation and Conflict
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1460-3691
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Depositing User: C Agius
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2011 09:07
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 19:59

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