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The armed forces of Europe have undergone a dramatic transformation since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces provides the first comprehensive analysis of national security and defence policies, strategies, doctrines, capabilities, and military operations, as well as the alliances and partnerships of European armed forces in response to the security challenges Europe has faced since the end of the cold
war. A truly cross-European comparison of the evolution of national defence policies and armed forces remains a notable blind spot in the existing literature. The Handbook of European Defence Policies and Armed Forces aims to fill this gap with fifty-one contributions on European defence and international
security from around the world. The six parts focus on: country-based assessments of the evolution of the national defence policies of Europe's major, medium, and lesser powers since the end of the cold war; the alliances and security partnerships developed by European states to cooperate in the provision of national security; the security challenges faced by European states and their armed forces, ranging from interstate through intra-state and transnational; the national security strategies
and doctrines developed in response to these challenges; the military capabilities, and the underlying defence and technological industrial base, brought to bear to support national strategies and doctrines; and, finally, the national or multilateral military operations by European armed forces. The
contributions to The Handbook collectively demonstrate the fruitfulness of giving analytical precedence back to the comparative study of national defence policies and armed forces across Europe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1008 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 59mm | 1,884g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198790503
  • 9780198790501
  • 987,128

Table of contents

Sir Lawrence Freedman: Preface
Hugo Meijer and Marco Wyss: Introduction: Beyond CSDP. The Resurgence of National Armed Forces in Europe
Part I: National Defence Policies
Major Powers:
1: Stenn Rynning and Olivier Schmitt: France
2: Ina Kraft: Germany
3: Andrew M. Dorman: United Kingdom
4: Katarzyna Zysk: Russia
Medium Powers:
5: Fabrizio Coticchia: Italy
6: Andrew A. Michta: Poland
7: Felix Arteaga: Spain and Portugal
8: Yaprak Gursoy: Turkey
9: Leonid Polyakov: Ukraine
Lesser Powers:
10: Gunther Hauser and Mauro Mantovani: Austria and Switzerland
11: Masha Hedberg and Andres Kasekamp: Baltic States
12: Flemming Splidsboel Hansen: Belarus
13: Wim Klinkert: Benelux Countries
14: Jordan Baev: Bulgaria and Romania
15: Michal Onderco: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary
16: Filip Ejdus: Former Yugoslavia
17: Dionysios Chourchoulis: Greece, Cyprus, and Albania
18: Ian Speller: Ireland
19: Jan Joel Andersson: Finland and Sweden
20: Magnus Petersson: Denmark and Norway
Part II: Alliances and Security Partnerships
21: Bastian Giegerich: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization
22: Adrian Hyde-Price: The Common Security and Defence Policy
23: Matthias Bieri and Christian Nunlist: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
24: Alice Pannier: Franco-British Defence and Security Cooperation
25: Ulrich Krotz and Katharina Wolf: Franco-German Defence and Security Cooperation
Part III: Security Challenges
26: Ryan Grauer: Conventional Interstate Warfare
27: Robert I. Rotberg: State Failure
28: Alex Wilner: Transnational Terrorism
29: Andrew Futter: The Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
30: Frederick Douzet: Cybersecurity Challenges
Part IV: Strategic and Doctrinal Responses
31: Christopher Tuck: Land Warfare
32: Peter Roberts: Sea Warfare
33: Christian F. Anrig: Air and Space Warfare
34: Robert Egnell and Bruno Cardoso Reis: Counterinsurgency
35: Dorle Hellmuth: Counter-Terrorism
36: Benjamin Kienzle: Non-Proliferation and Counter-Proliferation
37: Mark Phythian: Intelligence
38: Lucas Kello: Cyber-defence
Part V: Defence and Technological Industrial Capabilities
39: Matthew Uttley: Arms Procurement
40: Moritz Weiss and Felix Biermann: Defence Industrial Cooperation
41: Mark Bromley: Arms Transfers and Export Control Policies
42: Ulrich Kuhn: Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Weapons
43: Andrea Gilli and Mauro Gilli: Emerging Technologies: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
44: Vincent Boulanin: Cyber Capabilities
45: Keith Hayward: Space Capabilities
Part VI: European Armed Forces in Action
46: Olivier Zajec: French Military Operations
47: Julian Lindley-French: British Military Operations
48: Igor Sutyagin: Russian Military Operations
49: Richard Gowan: European Involvement in United Nations Peacekeeping
50: Ulrich Krotz and Katerina Wright: CSDP Military Operations
51: James Sperling and Mark Webber: NATO Operations
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Review Text

Truly comprehensive in scope, with contributions from leading experts, this outstanding collection is an essential primer for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of European defence and security. The mix of national, cross-European, and thematic chapters in one collection is especially welcome and makes it stand out from the existing literature. Professor Theo Farrell, Department of War Studies, King's College London
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European defence has become beached by debates which have overlooked its real achievements in some areas as well as its increasing political importance in the wake of Trump and Brexit. This is therefore an important and timely book, which provides both the informed comment which can too often seem in short supply and the substance which ought to underpin it.' * Sir Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations, University of St Andrews. * For reasons of shifts in the global distribution of economic and hence military potential, and rapid domestic political change, international politics suddenly seems to resemble the traditional security and power competitions of the past. Europe is both agent and subject of these changes. Yet the systematic study of security policy in Europe has suffered from a kind of balkanization; some study politics; some study institutions; a few study actual military power and
its employment. These subjects are seldom treated comprehensively, or comparatively. This work approaches the study of European security from all of these perspectives, integrates them, and most importantly focuses on the nation states, which remain the locus of European military capabilities, and
thus fighting power.' * Barry R Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Director of the MIT Security Studies Program. * As European defence integration has stalled and we are experiencing a return to 19th-century renationalization of large areas of defence, there is a deficit in comparative analyses of security policies and force structures of individual European states. This expert collection combining latest figures with first-rate analysis covers not only most European states but also general subjects such as naval power, cyber defence and intelligence, and the many regional or
bilateral initiatives that have sprung up to overcome the limitations of single-state defence capabilities. This essential handbook should be on every security studies scholar and defence practitioner's shelf!' * Professor Beatrice Heuser, Chair of International Relations, University of Glasgow. * Truly comprehensive in scope, with contributions from leading experts, this outstanding collection is an essential primer for anyone seeking to understand the complexities of European defence and security. The mix of national, cross-European, and thematic chapters in one collection is especially welcome and makes it stand out from the existing literature. * Professor Theo Farrell, Department of War Studies, King's College London *
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About Hugo Meijer

Hugo Meijer is Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, and the Academic Director of the European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS). His publications include Trading with the Enemy: : the Making of US Export Control Policy toward the People's Republic of China (OUP, 2016), and Origins and Evolution of the US Rebalance toward Asia: Diplomatic, Military, and Economic
Dimensions (Editor, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He has also published in such journals as the Journal of Strategic Studies, European Journal of International Security and the Journal of Cold War Studies.


Marco Wyss is Lecturer in the International History of the Cold War at Lancaster University, an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is co-editor of the 'New Perspectives on the Cold War' book series (Brill), and the editor of the International Journal of Military History and Historiography. His publications include Arms Transfers, Neutrality and Britain's Role in the Cold War (Brill, 2013),
Peacekeeping in Africa (co-authored wtih Thierry Tardy, Routledge, 2014), and Neutrality and Neutralism in the Global Cold War (Routledge, 2016). His articles have been published in such journals as the Journal of Contemporary History, International History Review, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Cold War
History, and the RUSI Journal.
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