War and Intervention in the Transnational Public Sphere: Problem-solving and European identity-formation (Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies)

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9780415738149: War and Intervention in the Transnational Public Sphere: Problem-solving and European identity-formation (Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies)
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This book examines how EU responses to security crises manifest themselves transnationally, and that the communication of these events acts to form a collective identity. This book empirically analyses and debates how and whether this can contribute to problem-solving on the international stage.

International responses to security crises have almost always suffered from insufficient resources, inadequate troop contingents and underfunded civilian restructuring efforts. These crises and the incapacity of the European Union in particular to deal effectively with them precipitated debate on international security, ethics and the effectiveness of foreign policy actors. This book shows how these debates can be profitably viewed as an intensive and evolving process of collective sense-making and transnational identity-formation. It is these emerging identities, and the problem-driven media reporting that shaped them, that form the focus of this study. Including studies on Austria, France, Germany ,Ireland ,the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and comparison with the United States, the author elucidates a range of diverse positions on foreign, security and defence policy preferences prevalent in the EU. This book shows how the intensity of debate on wars and humanitarian military interventions is synchronised across the EU community.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of International Relations, EU Politics, Security Studies, Comparative Politics, and European Integration.

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The post-Cold War era saw an unexpected increase in intra-state violence against ethnic and religious groups, brutal civil wars and asymmetric conflicts. Those crises posed fundamental questions for the European Union and its member states, to which Europe has so far proven unable to develop satisfactory answers.

This book contends that public debates over wars and humanitarian military interventions after the Cold War represent an evolving process of comprehension and collective interpretation of new realities. Employing innovative computer-linguistic methods, it examines the dynamics of this debate across Europe and compares it to that of the United States. In doing so, it argues that transnational political communication has shaped European identity-formation in significant ways and that, in trying to come to terms with important crises and institutional events, shared understandings of Europe have emerged. Looking at evidence from a wide range of countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and spanning a continuous period of 16 years, this book empirically analyses these shared understandings of the EU as a problem-solving and ethical community.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of international relations, EU politics, security studies, comparative politics, political communication and European integration.

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