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The EU’s ontological (in)security: stabilising the ENP area... and the EU-self?

Johansson-Nogués, Elisabeth (2018) The EU’s ontological (in)security: stabilising the ENP area... and the EU-self? Cooperation and Conflict, 53 (4). pp. 528-544. ISSN 0010-8367

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0010836717750197

Abstract

The 2016 EU Global Strategy and the 2015 ENP review have made stabilisation of the ENP area one of their main priorities. Our argument here, however, is that the Global Strategy and the ENP review not only seek to mitigate the numerous crises currently affecting the neighbourhood. They also aim to address a set of intra-EU vulnerabilities linked to events in the ENP area that are threatening the EU’s own ontological security. We employ narrative analysis to explore how insecurity in the EU and in the ENP area is affecting the EU’s relation to the neighbourhood-other and its understanding of the EU-self. Our main findings point to that the Global Strategy and the ENP review provide ample measures to stabilise the neighbourhood. However, whether they have provided a sufficiently compelling narrative to enable the emergence of new emotional structures for the EU and its member states to make sense of themselves and their relation to the neighbourhood-other remains an open question.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/cac
Additional Information: © 2018 SAGE Publications
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 05:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/90646

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