The Common Security and Defence Policy as an Act of American Hegemony

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  2. Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley
Author(s)Kempin R, Mawdsley J
Publication type Article
JournalEuropean Security
ISSN (print)0966-2839
ISSN (electronic)1746-1545
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This article argues that rather than being an emancipatory step for the EU, the Common Security and Defence Policy in its current format represents a continuation of US strategic hegemony. Using a neo-Gramscian model of hegemony, by considering both civilian and military aspects of CSDP, the article shows how US ability to export its strategic doctrine to EU member states is undiminished. It argues that respect for US military achievements is a key reason for this, but that this may lead EU states to make poor strategic decisions, which moreover may lack political and public legitimacy.
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