HAL will be down for maintenance from Friday, June 10 at 4pm through Monday, June 13 at 9am. More information
Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

From Aspirations to Aspirin?: The Afghan campaign and Europe’s quasi-strategic inertia

Abstract : Recent literature dealing with the European security and defense policy tends to paint a bleak picture, basically telling a story of decline or complacency; an ESDP/CSDP that started with high aspirations, and now “fades out” with a headache after it “died over Libya”. This paper acknowledges the seriousness of the situation. Challenging these “declinist” approaches, however, it considers the case of Afghanistan and proposes to think about a European “role by default” with quasi-strategic effects. Thus, the paper accepts the lack of convergence between Europe’s national strategic cultures as a given. It highlights the paradox that European convergence around this default role is both a function of a European desire for – or complacency vis-à-vis – the US’ security leadership, as well as a quasi-strategic expression of accumulated inertia vis-à-vis the US, which preserves a modicum of e a modicum of strategic autonomy from the US. This notion of a role by default is a more adequate approach to Europe’s security role than attempts to think up a “European strategic culture”.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadata

Contributor : Spire Sciences Po Institutional Repository Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 11:58:34 PM
Last modification on : Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 11:42:04 AM




Nicolas Fescharek. From Aspirations to Aspirin?: The Afghan campaign and Europe’s quasi-strategic inertia. Politique européenne, l'Harmattan, 2015, 2 (48), pp.122 - 149. ⟨10.3917/poeu.048.0122⟩. ⟨hal-03399307⟩



Record views