The EU and the Security-Development Nexus

Bridging the Legal Divide


In The EU and the Security-Development Nexus, Hans Merket unravels the long-standing commitment of the European Union (EU) to integrate its policies across the security-development nexus. By fine-tuning the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) – which includes the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) – with its development cooperation policies, the EU aims to end the devastating vicious cycle of insecurity and poverty in fragile states. This book undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the EU’s words and deeds that result from this engagement across its entire policy, and its institutional and legal system. This gives a complete picture of the significance, impact, limits, potential and remaining challenges of this policy commitment, and simultaneously elucidates the practical impact of Treaty reform in the area of EU external action.
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Biographical Note

Hans Merket, Ph.D. (1986) is a researcher in EU and international law, with a particular focus on interrelated issues of security and development. He is affiliated to the Ghent European Law Institute and the International Peace Information Service (IPIS).

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The book represents an original and high-quality addition to the growing literature of post-Lisbon EU external action. (...) In sum, this book deserves high praise and is very strongly recommended to anyone with an interest in EU external relations law as well as EU development and security policy. Researchers aiming to focus on more recent post-Lisbon developments such as the EU’s 2016 Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy will greatly benefit from being able to use Merket’s analysis, findings and concepts as a start for their enquiries. Joris Larik, Common Market Law Review, 55.5 2018, pp. 1658-1660

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1. Introduction – The EU and the security-development nexus: setting the scene
1.1. The conceptual framework of the security-development nexus
1.2. Research questions and design

2. Security and development competences in the EU's evolving constitutional architecture
2.1. The Rome era: security and development without legal basis
2.2. The Maastricht era: the integrated but separate legal orders of CFSP and development cooperation
2.3. The Lisbon era: security and development hinging between integration and delimitation
2.4. Conclusion

3. The security-development nexus on the policy track
3.1. The EU's commitment to the security-development nexus: about words and deeds
3.2. The security-development toolbox: centrifugal forces at play
3.3. Conclusion

4. The security-development nexus on the institutional track
4.1. The traditional love-hate relationship between the Commission and the Council
4.2. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
4.3. The European External Action Service
4.4. The Union Delegations
4.5. Conclusion

5. The security-development nexus on the judicial track
5.1. The choice of legal basis methodology: producing order out of chaos
5.2. Drawing the legal boundary between development cooperation and the CFSP: development without borders?
5.3. In search for a new methodology under the Lisbon Treaty system
5.4. Conclusion

6. Making the puzzle fit: security and development as part of a comprehensive approach
6.1. The EU’s comprehensive approach: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?
6.2. Regional translations of the comprehensive approach: the example of the EU’s Strategic Framework for the Horn of Africa
6.3. Legally anchoring comprehensive strategies: the unexploited potential of Article 22 TEU
6.4. Conclusion

7. Conclusions and outlook



This book is targeted at both legal and political academics and researchers that study EU external relations, as well as practitioners that deal with the divergent components of the intricate EU external action system.

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