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Britain and the Origins and Future of the European Defence and Security Mechanism

Beatrice Heuser
RUSI Journal, 9 June 2017
European Union, International Institutions, Europe
Britain played a key role in Europe's security. The country's imminent withdrawal from the EU now threatens this.

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, the UK played a key role in the creation and development of a flexible and sustainable mechanism for European defence and security. Beatrice Heuser reviews the history of this engagement, and argues that changes in the UK’s institutional relationship with European partners should not be allowed to undermine the overarching principles of defence cooperation.

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Beatrice Heuser
Associate Fellow

Beatrice Heuser holds the Chair in International Relations at the University of Reading.  She has degrees from the Universities of... read more

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