“The Security and Defence Aspect of Brexit: Altering the Third Country Balance?”, Øyvind Svendsen (NUPI, Norway)

What room is there for inclusion of third countries in EU security and defence initiatives and how does Brexit alter the politics of such inclusion? This chapter turns to the emergent power politics of third country participation in EU security and defence and makes a comparison between past EU practices toward Norway and the emerging question of the UK’s future status as a third country. It argues that whereas the EU internally heads forward on security and defence, how it deals with like-minded third country partners will be characterized by a continuation of the existing modus operandi, or muddling through. The argument is made with a specific focus on:

  1. The domestic level of politicization
  2. EU affordances

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