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Beyond CSDP: Reframing European Defence Studies


  • Fabrizio Coticchia, University of Genova
  • Sonia Lucarelli, University of Bologna
  • Hugo Meijer, European University Institute
  • Bernardo Venturi, Istituto Affari Internazionali - Rome

Chair: Francesco N. Moro, University of Bologna 

Date: Saturday | 11.30 - 13.00
Room: Aula P | Complesso Belmeloro 

Since the end of the Cold War, the study of European defence has been dominated by a ‘Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)-centric’ approach, while largely neglecting the comparative analysis of national defence policies. More recently, some scholars have made a conceptual and empirical case for turning the dominant research prism of European defence studies upside down by returning the analytical precedence to the national level. This approach privileges the comparative analysis of national defence policies and armed forces, before focusing on the trans-/supra-national level. The aim of this panel is to discuss competing perspectives in the study of European defence and to explore future avenues of research.