9. Catch me if you can! European Security and Defence Integration and International Relations

Chairs: Andrea Locatelli (Catholic University of Milan) and Lorenzo Cladi (University of Birmingham)  
Discussants: Nicoletta Pirozzi (Istituto Affari Internazionali) and  Giampiero Giacomello (University of Bologna)   

Date: Saturday 27th June 2015
Room: Sala Grande

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European foreign policy has been attracting an ever-increasing number of International Relations (IR) scholars since the end of the Cold War. Many valuable contributions applied mainstream theories to account for the ESDP/CSDP process, but consensus on what drives European foreign policy integration has not yet emerged. This is partly the result of a non-linear process, where progress and retreat proceed side by side. Yet, the lack of a widely accepted explanation also lies in theories’ search for parsimonious explanations. Taking these considerations as a point of departure, the aim of the panel is to bring scholars from different theoretical traditions to engage in a problem-oriented debate – that it, one that is open to analytic eclecticism. Examples of issues of interest here include:

- any theoretical contribution to the study of European security and defence integration;

- debate and dialogue among IR and European studies approaches;

- rationalist Vs. reflectivist approaches to the study of European security and defence integration;

- any theoretically-informed account of CSDP-related phenomena.

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Papers: 

Learning from others? Emulation and adjustment in Italian military transformation
Fabrizio Coticchia (University of Genova) and Francesco N. Moro (University of Milan-Bicocca)

From military teams to armed contractors: the privatization of Italian maritime security 
Eugenio Cusumano (Leiden University) and Stefano Ruzza (University of Turin)

Security implications of changing energy strategies
Mirco Elena (Union of Scientists For Disarmament)

Between autonomy and effectiveness: the EU’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Lorenzo Cladi (University of Birmingham)

Beyond Material Factors? Identity, Culture and the Foreign and Security Policy of the EU
Carla Monteleone (University of Palermo)

Security and defence cooperation at the EU level: “a bunch of chickens” or a credible civilian and military power?
Friederike Richter