Security, defence and neutrality

Ben Tonra

in Global Citizen and European Republic

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780719056079
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701614 | DOI:
Security, defence and neutrality

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This chapter examines the interaction of the four narratives when faced with the medium-term foreign policy issue of reconciling Irish security and defence policy with the post-Cold War development of Europe's security architecture. It suggests that the four identity narratives are clearly competing for their respective claims about the nature of Irish security and defence policy and its institutional expression in Europe's contemporary security architecture. This chapter also discusses the nature of policy deriving from this discursive contest and describes how the positions of the narratives ebb and flow over time.

Keywords: foreign policy; Irish security policy; defence policy; post-Cold War; Europe; security architecture; identity narratives

Chapter.  13724 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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