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Border controls as a dimension of the european union’s counter-terrorism policy: A critical assessment

Leonard, Sarah


Sarah Leonard
Professor of International Security


© 2015 Taylor & Francis. This article critically examines the use and effectiveness of border controls in the European Union (EU)’s counter-terrorism policy. It shows that the EU has made substantial progress towards achieving the objectives that it had set for itself in this policy area, but has not managed to fulfil all of them, and certainly not by the deadlines originally set. It further argues that, contrary to their usual depiction in EU official documents, these border control measures make a limited contribution to the actual fight against terrorism, whilst having some negative effects. From that viewpoint, the fact that the EU has failed to meet all of its objectives in the use of border controls for counter-terrorist purposes may paradoxically be seen as a positive outcome.


Leonard, S. (2015). Border controls as a dimension of the european union’s counter-terrorism policy: A critical assessment. Intelligence and National Security, 30(2-3), 306-332.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2013
Online Publication Date Jan 13, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Deposit Date May 7, 2019
Journal Intelligence and National Security
Print ISSN 0268-4527
Electronic ISSN 1743-9019
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2-3
Pages 306-332
Keywords terrorism, counter-terrorism, border controls, effectiveness, Schengen, European Union
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Intelligence and National Security on 13th January 2015, available online:


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