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49 J. Common Mkt. Stud. 1 (2011)

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JCMS  2011  Volume 49. Number  1. pp. 1-21

Security Co-operation beyond the

Nation-State: The EU's Common Security

and Defence Policy*

University of Amsterdam
University of Oxford/Sciences Po, Paris
University of Birmingham


The  security policies of the European   Union  have  in recent years become   a
central concern  for researchers and policy-makers   alike. A senior EU  official
has commented wryly that, whilst only around 200 officials actually 'do' the
EU's  common security and defence policy (CSDP),' there appear to be many
thousands  of  academics   and students  all over the world  who   engage  in its
study  (Howorth,  2007,  p. 4). Leading European   officials regularly cite secu-
rity policy  as central to the  role and  purpose  of  contemporary   European
integration. In Javier  Solana's  words,  in the past the  EU  was  intended  to
secure peace  in Europe;  today, it is about being a peace-builder in the rest of
the world  (Solana, 2007).
   Several  factors explain this burgeoning  interest. First, whilst security and
defence  policies were   long considered   by students  of the  EU  as the  poor
cousins  of  economic   integration  (0hrgaard,   1997), they  are  increasingly
viewed  as central to the process  of European   integration. Here  can be  seen

* The editors would like to thank the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University
of Oxford, the Oxford-Sciences Po programme (OXPO), the European Studies Centre at St Anthony's
College, Oxford, and UACES for their financial support. Bastien Irondelle would like to thank the Deakin
Fellowship of St Anthony's College for all its support. The editors would also like to thank all the special
issue reviewers and the participants of the February 2010 workshop in Oxford on CSDP for their
contribution to the project.
' The European security and defence policy (ESDP) was renamed the common security and defence policy
(CSDP) in the Lisbon Treaty. This editorial will refer throughout to the CSDP in order to avoid confusion.

C 2010 The Author(s)
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