Seizing Layers within a Multi-layered Structure: How the EU Deals with Security and Where the GCC Could Fit In
Title: Seizing Layers within a Multi-layered Structure: How the EU Deals with Security and Where the GCC Could Fit In
Author: GORENFLO, René Daniel
Series/Report no.: EUI RSCAS; 2008/03; Mediterranean Programme Series
This article starts with a qualitative analysis of the security functions of the European Union (EU) and how they are distributed within its institutional set-up. The analysis then takes recourse to structuralist and governance approaches to security, namely structural diplomacy and security governance to make a case of how the EU can be(come) a relevant security partner in the Gulf region and for the members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), at least in theory. The second part of the article then examines what cooperation between the EU and the GCC in security terms could look like and an inventory is taken of the practical infrastructure for such an endeavour. Finally, suggestions are made on how such an infrastructure for cooperation could be improved by both sides to enhance long-term cooperation.
Subject: Gulf Cooperation Council; Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC); European Union (EU); security; security governance; structural diplomacy; EU-GCC Joint Council; Cooperation with Industrialised and other High-income Countries and Territories (CIC)
Type of Access: openAccess