Security and Identity are the rhetorical pillars of European Union and NATO enlargement. Across Europe, that enlargement-not as a one-time event but as an ongoing process-is proclaimed to stabilize East-Central Europe and to create a Europe that is finally "whole and free." Europe's eastern enlargement is a profoundly geographic and geopolitical project, as it is based on territorial conceptions about the essence of places, the borders of cultures, and the locations of threat. It inextricably ties European security to the unresolved questions about the borders of Europe and European-ness. Geopolitics Reframed asks how the bundling up of geopolitics and culture works, how it affects political debate, and how it is transformed in the course of Europe's eastern enlargement. The book provides the first in-depth analysis of security discourses in the states that acceded into the EU or NATO, or both, in 2004. Tracing the reframing of security and geopolitics from a military to a more diffuse cultural issue, Geopolitics Reframed illuminates the link between security rhetoric and identity politics. For scholars and practitioners of political geography, international relations, and contemporary Europe, it offers a fresh, subtle, and timely analysis of some of the key categories of political debate in today's Europe.
About the Author:
About the Author:
Merje Kuus is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia
About the Author
MERJE KUUS is Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, The University of British Columbia, USA.
Table of Contents
List of Figures viii
The Plasticity of Geopolitics 1
Inscribing Europeanness, Erasing Eastness 21
Civilizational Geopolitics 39
Sovereignty for Security? 63
Cultural Geopolitics and Cultured Geopoliticians 83
The Ritual of Listening to Foreigners 97
How Many Threats and How Many Europes? 115