Contemporary European Security explores the complex European security architecture and introduces students to the empirical, theoretical and conceptual approaches to studying the subject. Written by experts in each subfield, it addresses key topics within the wider strategic context of international security.

Presenting traditional and critical debates to illuminate this ever-changing field it addresses specifically:

  • European security since 2000 and the end of the Cold War.
  • The evolution of International Relations theories in understanding security in Europe.
  • The role of NATO in the post-war period and its strategy, impact and enlargement.
  • The institutionalisation of the CSCE and the political tensions within the OSCE.
  • The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy and recent policy initiatives in defence.
  • Feminist conceptions of European security.
  • European military innovation.
  • Security challenges in the post-Soviet space and the growing instability in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The emergence of human security.
  • Internal and societal security.

This essential textbook will be of key interests to students and scholars of European Security, Security and Military studies, Strategic Studies, European Politics and International Relations.

chapter 1|13 pages

A changing security architecture

ByLaura Chappell, David J. Galbreath, Jocelyn Mawdsley

chapter 2|17 pages

From Cold War to European peace

ByLaura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley

chapter 3|17 pages

Contesting approaches to European security

ByAndré Barrinha, Sarah da Mota

chapter 4|20 pages

NATO and the transatlantic community, 1949–2019

ByJames Sperling

chapter 5|16 pages

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

ByDavid J. Galbreath

chapter 6|17 pages

European Union

ByLaura Chappell, David J. Galbreath

chapter 7|19 pages

Internal security

ByRaphael Bossong, Hendrik Hegemann

chapter 8|16 pages

Europe and the human security agenda

ByJocelyn Mawdsley

chapter 9|17 pages

Gendering European security

ByKatharine A. M. Wright

chapter 10|20 pages

New threats to European security

ByPeter Viggo Jakobsen

chapter 11|17 pages

Innovating European defence

BySimon J. Smith

chapter 12|12 pages

European security

Where do we go from here?
ByLaura Chappell, Jocelyn Mawdsley, David J. Galbreath