The Maritime Dimension of European Security: Seapower and by B. Germond

By B. Germond

In an age of uncertainties prompted through details applied sciences and the networking of societies, the maritime area is still the most worldwide lane of verbal exchange, very important for alternate and safety.

The ecu Union has turn into a maritime actor, engaging in counter-piracy and maritime capacity-building operations and actively facing maritime security, fisheries security, port safety, maritime surveillance and counter-immigration at sea.

The Union's rules, mechanisms and actions concerning the maritime area are actually sponsored via a Maritime protection procedure, followed by way of the Council in June 2014.

This leading edge publication bills for the traits in maritime procedure and seapower politics in addition to the new advancements within the box, either on the conceptual and useful point. It discusses the importance of the maritime area for ecu safety in most cases and for the ecu particularly.

Readers are supplied with the required instruments to significantly check the EU's power as an international maritime actor and overview why Europe's prosperity and defense rests on its capability to form occasions at sea.

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Chapter 4) but are also carried out at the edge of international law, which necessitates legal and political flexibility. Secondly, naval units are particularly versatile. Each unit is used to operating with varied objectives, under varied conditions, and in varied geographical areas. For example, a multipurpose frigate can, over the course of one year, participate in several operations and exercises in varied and distant locations. This versatility allows quickly setting up a naval strike force for ad hoc operations from units that were initially not (or not ­particularly) intended to participate in that very operation.

Philip E. Steinberg (1999: 411) especially emphasises the Romantics’ tendency to identify the sea as ‘a wild other’ while honouring ‘it as a space to be respected and, in some instances, idealized rather than vilified’. The sea is also a frontier space between the ‘us’ and the distant ‘them’. Being represented as an ‘empty’ space, that is to say, a mare nullius or at least a mare liberum, the sea is constructed as a medium through which power projection is facilitated. These representations ‘have served to support and constitute a system of power/knowledge that has maintained the The (Critical) Geopolitics of Seapower 27 systematic colonization, exploitation, and domination of lands lying beyond the ocean’s vast expanse’ (Steinberg, 2001: 38).

Until recently, only the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were involved in the naval missions’ decision-making process. Due to the expansion of the security agenda, other ministries are involved, such as Agriculture and Environment (for fisheries protection), Transport (for maritime safety and security), and Home Office and Justice (for transnational criminality and illegal immigration). International organisations such as NATO and the EU can also be involved in the process of definition of naval missions through uploading nationally defined naval missions into their own strategy or downloading their strategic objectives into states’ ones.

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