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Brothers without Arms: Explaining Iceland’s Participation in European Union CSDP Operations

Isleifsson, Atli LU (2014) STVM23 20141
Department of Political Science
Abstract
A number of non-EU members – or third states – have chosen to participate in EU CSDP operations. This thesis seeks to answer why one of them, Iceland, has chosen to do so despite not being a member of the Union and not having any armed forces which are traditionally used in such activities. States have various motivations for participating in international crisis management operations and the same applies to the case of Iceland. The effects of the Cold War coming to an end and a completely transformed international arena have forced Iceland to adjust and seek new means to ensure its own security and interests. As Iceland is almost completely dependent on other actors in security terms, it has sought ways to secure its status within... (More)
A number of non-EU members – or third states – have chosen to participate in EU CSDP operations. This thesis seeks to answer why one of them, Iceland, has chosen to do so despite not being a member of the Union and not having any armed forces which are traditionally used in such activities. States have various motivations for participating in international crisis management operations and the same applies to the case of Iceland. The effects of the Cold War coming to an end and a completely transformed international arena have forced Iceland to adjust and seek new means to ensure its own security and interests. As Iceland is almost completely dependent on other actors in security terms, it has sought ways to secure its status within international organizations, including the EU, in order to address this new reality. Various other motivations can also be traced to Iceland participating in CSDP operations, but Iceland’s somewhat hesitant approach points to a state still finding its place in a changing world. (Less)
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author
Isleifsson, Atli LU
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course
STVM23 20141
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
European Union, Iceland, crisis management, CFSP, CSDP.
language
English
id
4448279
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2014-07-07 14:44:07
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  abstract     = {A number of non-EU members – or third states – have chosen to participate in EU CSDP operations. This thesis seeks to answer why one of them, Iceland, has chosen to do so despite not being a member of the Union and not having any armed forces which are traditionally used in such activities. States have various motivations for participating in international crisis management operations and the same applies to the case of Iceland. The effects of the Cold War coming to an end and a completely transformed international arena have forced Iceland to adjust and seek new means to ensure its own security and interests. As Iceland is almost completely dependent on other actors in security terms, it has sought ways to secure its status within international organizations, including the EU, in order to address this new reality. Various other motivations can also be traced to Iceland participating in CSDP operations, but Iceland’s somewhat hesitant approach points to a state still finding its place in a changing world.},
  author       = {Isleifsson, Atli},
  keyword      = {European Union,Iceland,crisis management,CFSP,CSDP.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Brothers without Arms: Explaining Iceland’s Participation in European Union CSDP Operations},
  year         = {2014},
}