Locating the EU’s strategic behaviour in sub-Saharan Africa
An emerging strategic culture?
in The European Union in Africa
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This chapter explores how the European Union (EU's) strategic preferences, as evidenced by its behaviour in Africa, inform the notion of a strategic culture in the Union's external relations. It examines Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operations. Sub-Saharan Africa is of considerable interest as a 'test-bed' of CSDP activity. The chapter introduces the notion of strategic behaviour and its relation to the concept of strategic culture as applied to the EU. It identifies three frames of EU external relations, derived from an analysis of strategic declarations: the security-development nexus, the human security imperative and preference for local enforcement. The chapter argues that these frames, which motivate the EU's CSDP activities, constitute a basis for understanding the EU's strategic culture. By assessing CSDP missions in Africa based on these types, the chapter gives context to the EU's foreign and security policy in the region.

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