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12 Eur. Foreign Aff. Rev. 127 (2007)
Political and Security Committee: Governing in the Shadow, The

handle is hein.kluwer/eurofa0012 and id is 131 raw text is: European Foreign Affairs Review 12: 127-147, 2007.
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The Political and Security Committee: Governing in the Shadow*
The Political and Security Committee was described by the Nice European Council
Conclusions in December 2000 as the 'linchpin'of the ESDP and yet comparatively
little attention has been devoted to this highly significant newcomer to the European
Union's institutional landscape. How exactly does the committee function, for example,
and what impact does it have on the definition of the ESDP and the CFSP more
generally? This article attempts to shed light on the PSC and its working methods and
in so doing builds on existing institutionally oriented research on the EU to examine
tentatively the PSC 's impact both on European foreign and security policy as well as
on the foreign and security policies of EU Member States. It will be shown that the
PSC has built on the so-called 'consultation reflex 'and other practices documented
in its predecessor, the former Political Committee, to the point where Member State
representatives sitting in the PSC routinely impact upon the definition of national
interests and foreign policies, rather than simply bringing them to the table to be
bargained over.
I Introduction
The Political Committee (or PoCo), composed of the political directors
of national foreign ministries and which until 2000 sat at the heart of first
European Political Cooperation (1970-1993) and then the Common Foreign
and Security Policy (1993-), was widely studied. A number of first-hand
accounts' as well as more theoretical examinations2 of the implications of
. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, the
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Volkswagen Stiftung through their 'European Foreign and
Security Policy Studies Programme', and would like to thank Simon Duke, Stephanie Hofmann
and Michael Liecke for their helpful comments on a previous draft, as well as the many officials
who gave up their time to discuss their work.
* Ana E. Juncos is a PhD student in the Department of Politics, International Relations and
European Studies at Loughborough University, UK. Christopher Reynolds is a Researcher in
Political Science at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in
Munich, Germany.
See P. de Schouthetee, La coopration politique europ~enne (Nathan, Paris, 1980); S.
Nuttall, European Political Cooperation (University Press, Oxford, 1992) and European
Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000).
2 See K.E. Jorgensen, 'PoCo: The Diplomatic Republic of Europe' in K.E. Jorgensen (ed.),
Reflective Approaches to European Governance (Macmillan, Houndmills, 1997); B. Tonra, 'The
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