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The EU and the Security-Development Nexus: Bridging the Legal Divide

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ISBN13: 9789004315013
Published: August 2016
Publisher: Brill Nijhoff
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £152.00

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In The EU and the Security-Development Nexus, Hans Merket unravels the long-standing commitment of the European Union (EU) to integrate its policies across the security-development nexus. By fine-tuning the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) – which includes the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) – with its development cooperation policies, the EU aims to end the devastating vicious cycle of insecurity and poverty in fragile states. This book undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the EU’s words and deeds that result from this engagement across its entire policy, and its institutional and legal system. This gives a complete picture of the significance, impact, limits, potential and remaining challenges of this policy commitment, and simultaneously elucidates the practical impact of Treaty reform in the area of EU external action.

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1. Introduction – The EU and the security-development nexus: setting the scene
1.1. The conceptual framework of the security-development nexus
1.2. Research questions and design

2. Security and development competences in the EU's evolving constitutional architecture
2.1. The Rome era: security and development without legal basis
2.2. The Maastricht era: the integrated but separate legal orders of CFSP and development cooperation
2.3. The Lisbon era: security and development hinging between integration and delimitation
2.4. Conclusion

3. The security-development nexus on the policy track
3.1. The EU's commitment to the security-development nexus: about words and deeds
3.2. The security-development toolbox: centrifugal forces at play
3.3. Conclusion

4. The security-development nexus on the institutional track
4.1. The traditional love-hate relationship between the Commission and the Council
4.2. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
4.3. The European External Action Service
4.4. The Union Delegations
4.5. Conclusion

5. The security-development nexus on the judicial track
5.1. The choice of legal basis methodology: producing order out of chaos
5.2. Drawing the legal boundary between development cooperation and the CFSP: development without borders?
5.3. In search for a new methodology under the Lisbon Treaty system
5.4. Conclusion

6. Making the puzzle fit: security and development as part of a comprehensive approach
6.1. The EU’s comprehensive approach: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?
6.2. Regional translations of the comprehensive approach: the example of the EU’s Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa
6.3. Legally anchoring comprehensive strategies: the unexploited potenial of Article 22 TEU
6.4. Conclusion

7. Conclusions and outlook