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The European Union as a Global Counter-Terrorism Actor

Kaunert, Christian; MacKenzie, Alex; Leonard, Sarah


Christian Kaunert

Alex MacKenzie

Sarah Leonard
Professor of International Security


After the death of Osama Bin Laden and the demise of Al Qaeda, the EU is increasingly threatened by new jihadi terrorist groups such as ISIS, as exemplified by recent terror attacks on Paris, Brussels, Nice, Berlin and Manchester. This book investigates the role of the EU in dealing with such groups as part of its counter-terrorism efforts, by outlining the increasing role of the EU as an external counter-terrorism actor.

This significant book provides a comprehensive analysis of the global dimension of European Union (EU) counter-terrorism. It focuses on the growth of the EU as a global counter-terrorism actor, from it having almost no role in 2001 to becoming a significantly greater force in recent years.

Analysing one of the most important policy areas of European integration, authors Christian Kaunert, Alex MacKenzie and Sarah Léonard consider the key question of why the EU may have become a global actor in counter-terrorism. The authors then develop a unique theoretical approach in the form of actorness and collective securitization, which analyses the EU’s evolution as a counter-terrorism actor in different case studies, such as counter-terrorism in the transatlantic relationship, North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Overall, this book highlights that the EU is, in fact, becoming a counter-terrorism actor of growing importance and with an ever-diversifying number of policy options available.

Addressing topical matters, this book will be a key resource for scholars, researchers and students in fields such as European studies, international relations, political science and governance. It will also attract the attention of practitioners, politicians, non-governmental and civil society organisations.


Kaunert, C., MacKenzie, A., & Leonard, S. (2022). The European Union as a Global Counter-Terrorism Actor. Edward Elgar Publishing

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Aug 31, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 8, 2022
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Series Title European Security and Justice Critiques series
ISBN 9781782548270
Keywords European Union; Counter-terrorism; Europe; Actorness; External Relations
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