The EU and its neighbours

Values versus security in European foreign policy

Edited by Gergana Noutcheva, Karolina Pomorska and Giselle Bosse

The EU and its neighbours


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8676-2
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: January 2013
  • BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, Comparative politics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / General, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics
  • Series: Europe in Change


Is there a tension between the normative fundamentals and strategic objectives of European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)? Is 'values versus security' an unavoidable choice to be made by the EU and its neighbours or, rather, a false dichotomy? The book argues that what is often considered a fundamental dilemma of EU foreign policy - a choice between the EU's values and its quest for security - misrepresents a much more complex reality in which values and security interplay to shape the EU's external positions. The book proposes an original conceptual framework for examining the complex interaction between values and security and situates the ENP in the broader conceptual debate about European Foreign Policy. In this way, it goes beyond the early scholarship on ENP, mainly inspired by the EU enlargement literature. The book examines the EU's evolving relations with its immediate neighbours in areas such as democracy promotion, Common Foreign and Security Policy, conflict management and resolution and soft security issues such as energy or immigration policy. By covering the whole range of EU external relations policies, the contributions to the volume provide a very unique opportunity to compare the complex interplay between values and security and its impacts across the wide policy spectrum of ENP.


The EU and its neighbours: Values versus security in European foreign policy is a compelling reminder of the need for ontological and methodological openness. The empirical cases studies demonstrate, in their own ways, that values and security interact in far more complex ways than has been suggested hitherto in the existing literature. Pomorska and Noutcheva's conclusions paint a picture of a policy with complex motives and unclear goals. Students and policy-makers alike will find this a remarkably refreshing and challenging book that deserves close reading.|This is an excellent, thoughtful and provoking exploration of the all too often oversimplied dichotomy or dilemma of security versus security. It takes a highly sophisticated approach to the inter-related issues and challenges that Europe faces in the Neighbourhood.


Gergana Noutcheva is Assistant Professor at the Political Science Department of Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Karolina Pomorska is Assistant Professor at the Political Science Department of Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Giselle Bosse is Assistant Professor at the Political Science Department of Maastricht University, the Netherlands.


1. Values versus Security? The Choice for the EU and its Neighbours
Part I: Power and values in the EU's relations with its neighbours
2. The EU as a Regional Hegemon? From Enlargement to ENP
3. The Re-Bordering of Values through the European Neighbourhood
Part II: Democracy and good governance
4. EU Political Dilemmas in North Africa and the Middle East: The Logic of Diversity and the Limits to Foreign Policy
5. Values and Security: The European Union's Dilemma of Democracy Promotion in the Middle East
6. Forging a Wider European Security Community? Dilemmas of ENP in the South Caucasus
7. Values versus Security? Assessing the EU's Pragmatic Engagement with Belarus in the Eastern Partnership Policy
Part III: Hard and soft security challenges
8. EU and Ethno-political Conflicts. A Secure Europe in a More Peaceful Neighbourhood?
9. Deeds not Declarations: Ukraine's Convergence with the EU's Foreign and Security Policies until 2010
10. Conducting Relations with a Difficult Neighbour. The European Union's Struggle to Influence Russian Domestic Politics
11. Values versus Security in the External Dimension of EU Migration Policy: A Case Study on the Readmission Agreement with Russia
Part IV: Conclusion
12. Conceptualising the EU's Role in the European Neighbourhood

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