This paper looks at the conceptual innovations and bureaucratic struggles that led to the partial integration of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) structures in the European External Action Service (EEAS). What we call the “EEAS project” is not only an attempt at creating a European foreign ministry; it is also spearheading a new way of bringing together diplomacy, defence, and development in a “comprehensive approach” to crisis management.
Frédéric Mérand (Ph.D., Berkeley) is an associate professor in political science and the director of the Centre for International Studies and Research at the Université de Montréal (« Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal». Following his work as a policy adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he occupied several functions within the Université de Montréal, including Director of the Centre for Peace and International Security Studies and director of the Master Program in Political Science. He is also Director of the Centre for the Excellence of the European Union. He is the author of four books on European security, policies on defence and European Union, including European Defence Policy: Beyond the Nation State (Oxford University Press, 2008). He also published in the following journals: the West European Politics, the Security Studies, the Common Market Studies Journal, the Cooperation and Conflict, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the International Journal, the European Security and the Comparative European Politics.
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