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Role (EU security role)

In international security relations any role should be viewed from internal and external point of view. From internal (EU) point of view, it is the cluster of political, social, and economic essentials that determine the Union’s political and operational behaviour in a given security environment. From external point of view, the EU role in international security affairs is the Union’s ability to influence the most important problem issues in such a way that promotes its common values and defends its common interests. For 'the role to happen', both aspects should be relevant to the concrete issue - the Union should have relevant capacity. The role, in the same way as ‘the actor’, could be systemic or incidental.


  • Orbie, J.: Europe’s Global Role: External Policies of the European Union. Cornwall: Ashgate, 2008.
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