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The Western European Union : International Politics Between Alliance and Integration - Sally Rohan

The Western European Union

International Politics Between Alliance and Integration

Hardcover Published: 4th August 2014
ISBN: 9780714656137
Number Of Pages: 422

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This full-term study of the Western European Union (WEU) brings to life the history of Europe's search for a co-operative security and defence order, from its post World War II origins to the present day. Establishing the WEU as a support organization, designed to promote the two security "ideas" of collective defence and integration through the primary organizations of Alliance and Community, this book offers a window onto the challenges faced in the development and management of NATO and the evolving EC/EU over time. As the WEU's historical journey unfolds, the frequently competing visions of the future organization of the European security space are exposed in the fluctuating nature of its own functional evolution and devolution. A hybrid organization driven by its dual support role, the constructively ambiguous and conveniently autonomous WEU was to provide a mechanism through which divergent interests could converge and inherent tensions be relieved, preventing NATO and EC/EU stagnation. This book offers fresh insight into the means by which the gradual transformation of the institutional framework of European security was enabled, and stakes the WEU's claim as a fundamental and life-long contributor to the stability of the European security system. 

Introduction 1. Birth of the Union 1948 - 1955 2. From Activity to Dormancy 1955 - 1973 3. The Path to Revitalisation 1973 - 1989 4. Post-Cold War Challenges and Opportunities 1989 - 1997 5. The Final Compromise? 1997 - 2008. Conclusion

ISBN: 9780714656137
ISBN-10: 0714656135
Series: British Politics and Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 422
Published: 4th August 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.73
Edition Number: 1