An increasing number of studies examines the security and defence policies of the EU and its member states from a strategic culture perspective. This scholarship has been predominately occupied with examining whether the EU is developing its own strategic culture, mapping the differences between the strategic cultures of the member states and assessing whether these are converging into a common European strategic culture. This commentary reviews the main conclusions of this research with the goal of exploring the potential of theories on strategic culture for explaining the variation in the member states’ military engagements. It concludes by arguing that increased scholarly attention to the link between the member states’ strategic cultures and their military engagements would provide valuable insights into the prospects and pitfalls of increased European cooperation in security and defence.
Strategic culture, Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), Military operations
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Material published in the JCER is done so under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence, with copyright remaining with the author.
- Articles published online in the JCER cannot be published in another journal without explicit approval of the JCER editor.
- Authors can 'self-archive' their articles in digital form on their personal homepages, funder repositories or their institutions' archives provided that they link back to the original source on the JCER website. Authors can archive pre-print, post-print or the publisher's version of their work.
- Authors agree that submitted articles to the JCER will be submitted to various abstracting, indexing and archiving services as selected by the JCER.