EU counterterrorism, collective securitization, and the internal-external security nexus

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Abstract

The first two decades of EU counterterrorism policy are emblematic of the emergence of an internal-external security nexus. This has occurred through the EU's collective securitization of terrorism as a transboundary threat that blurs the traditional divide between internal and external security requiring multidimensional and transboundary EU counterterrorism policies and practises. The EU's status quo discourse of terrorism as primarily a national and internal security threat to be dealt with by domestic security agencies has transformed into strategic discourses, policies and practices that frame terrorism as a transnational threat to the EU requiring a transnational response that integrates internal and external policies, institutions, and capabilities. While institutional silos, turf wars, and differing institutional cultures continue to hamper the routinization of a transboundary response, this collective securitization of terrorism as a transboundary threat, within a wider internal-external security nexus, is reshaping the nature of the EU as a security actor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollective Securitization and Crisification of EU Policy Change
Subtitle of host publicationTwo Decades of EU Counterterrorism Policy
EditorsChristian Kaunert, Sarah Léonard
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter7
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003291374
ISBN (Print)9781032271040
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • European Union
  • counterterrorism
  • securitisation
  • internal-external security nexus

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