The external dimension of EU counter-terrorism relations: Competences, interests, and institutions

Kaunert, C 2010, 'The external dimension of EU counter-terrorism relations: Competences, interests, and institutions' , Terrorism and Political Violence, 22 (2) , pp. 41-61.

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Some very significant policy developments indicate ‘‘supranationalisation processes’’ of EU external relations in counter-terrorism, even in its most significant relationship with the USA. This means that, increasingly, the USA is willing to work with Europe through its institutionalised forum—the European Union. Thus, the EU achieves certain recognition on the world stage in areas previously completely unsuspected—the ‘‘high politics’’ of counter-terrorism. This supranationalisation process proceeds in two stages. Firstly, the construction of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) pools a significant amount of national sovereignty at the level of the EU through the establishment of internal EU competences. As a side effect, however, it also constructs an institutionalised structure for external actors, such as the U.S., to deal with. Through dealing within this institutional setting, member states’ interests become defined in such a way that increasingly they construct a ‘‘European’’ interest related to counter-terrorism.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Terrorism and Political Violence
Publisher: Routledge
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0954-6553
Depositing User: C Kaunert
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 16:25
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:30

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