EU Counterterrorism and the European Neighbourhood Policy: An Appraisal of the Southern Dimension

Christian Kaunert, Sarah Léonard

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Abstract

Terrorists trained on European soil, but originating from the Middle East, attacked the world's only superpower on September 11, 2001. Countering this terrorist threat has become an increasingly significant part of European Foreign Policy. At the same time, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has become an increasingly important dimension of European Foreign Policy. This article examines the extent to which counterterrorism has occupied a prominent place in the ENP, with a particular focus on the Southern Mediterranean ENP partners. The findings of this article suggest that, despite the commonly held view in the literature that security issues, in particular terrorism, have dominated the ENP agenda, counterterrorism cooperation between the European Union (EU) and its Southern Mediterranean ENP partners has not advanced as much as might have been expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-309
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • EU counter-terrorism policy
  • EU-U.S. counter-terrorism cooperation
  • European Neighbourhood Policy
  • Middle East
  • Southern Mediterranean

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