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Palgrave Macmillan

Security in 21st Century Europe

Edition 2nd edition
ISBN 9781137006455
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series 21st Century Europe

Europe's traditional problem of war between states is being displaced by a new and equally daunting set of security challenges. While major war within Europe remains unlikely, the 2008 Georgia war and the 2011 Libya war were reminders that violent conflicts are still prevalent on Europe's periphery and can pose major challenges for European governments, NATO and the EU. At the same time, terrorism, nuclear proliferation as well as non-military problems like mass migration and climate change threaten Europe's security.

Fully revised and updated, the second edition of this leading text provides a systematic assessment of security in contemporary Europe. The book examines the changing character of security and assesses the extent of the threats posed by different challenges, as well as the policy dilemmas involved in responding to these concerns.

The nature of security in Europe has been transformed in recent years. Andrew Cottey argues that this is a result of two key developments: the emergence of a security community – a zone of peace where war is inconceivable across much of Europe – and the presence of new security threats such as terrorism and energy dependence. Set in the context of the rising power of non-Western states and the continuing fall-out from the global economic crisis, this text provides a comprehensive analysis of Europe's new security challenges.

ANDREW COTTEY is Senior Lecturer and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration in the Department of Government, University College Cork, Republic of Ireland.

Security in 21st Century Europe
The New Global Security Agenda
The Transatlantic Relationship and NATO: The End of an Era?
The EU and the Europeanization of European Security
Russia: Insider/Outsider in European Security
The New Wars and the New Interventionism
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
Non-Military Security


'Thoroughly updated, this text provides a cogent and comprehensive analysis of the range of security issues facing Europe. Andrew Cottey focuses on why the region's development as a 'security community' has been so important and explains why this can endure even in the face of the Eurozone crisis.' - Lawrence Freedman, King's College London, UK
'Extremely accessible, comprehensive in scope and nuanced in argument, Security in 21st Century Europe provides a theoretically informed and empirically grounded analysis of an important subject. It is quite simply the finest text available and will find a prominent place on any syllabus touching on European security.' – James Sperling, University of Akron, USA
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