Geopolitics Reframed: Security and Identity in Europe's Eastern Enlargement

Geopolitics Reframed: Security and Identity in Europe's Eastern Enlargement

by Merje Kuus

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Geopolitics Reframed: Security and Identity in Europe's Eastern Enlargement by Merje Kuus

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:
Merje Kuus is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230261327
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Series: New Visions in Security Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 370 KB

About the Author

Merje Kuus is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. She has also held visiting positions at Syracuse University, George Mason University, and the University of Tallinn. Her work focuses on the geopolitics of identity and security in contemporary Europe. It has been funded by the Fulbright Fellowship, the United States Institute of Peace, and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, among others.

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