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Beyond Stockholm: In search of a strategy for the European union’s area of freedom, security, and justice

Leonard, Sarah; Kaunert, Christian


Sarah Leonard
Professor of International Security

Christian Kaunert


© 2016 Taylor & Francis. The development of the European Union’s Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice (AFSJ) has been identified by the Lisbon Treaty (2009) as one of the key objectives of the European Union (EU). Recent events have also highlighted the saliency of several of the policy issues at the heart of the AFSJ. Amongst them, one can mention the terrorist attacks in 2015 in Paris and the ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean region. At the same time, the end of the Stockholm programme, which provided the strategic framework for the development of the AFSJ between 2010 and 2014, has been followed by the adoption of new ‘strategic guidelines’, which can only be described as a short, vague, and general document. It is therefore paradoxical that, at a time when AFSJ matters - such as asylum, migration, borders, terrorism, policing, and judicial cooperation - have never been so salient, the EU finds itself, for the first time ever, devoid of any significant, over-arching strategy for the development of its AFSJ.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Publication Date 2016
Journal European Politics and Society
Print ISSN 2374-5118
Electronic ISSN 2374-5126
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 143-149
APA6 Citation Léonard, S., Leonard, S., & Kaunert, C. (2016). Beyond Stockholm: In search of a strategy for the European union’s area of freedom, security, and justice. European Politics and Society, 17(2), 143-149.
Keywords European Union, area of freedom, security, and justice, justice and home affairs, internal security, strategic guidelines
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Politics and Society on 1st June 2016, available online:


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