The European Union has made remarkable, unprecedented advances in both external and internal security integration. "Epistemic communities" of ambassadors, military generals, scientists, and other experts who supersede national governments in the diplomacy of security decision making are taking advantage of their shared expertise, common culture, professional norms, and frequent meetings to forge new levels of collaboration. Mai'a K. Davis Cross brings together numerous personal interviews and recent government documents across five separate case studies to construct a microsociological account of how EU governance really works and what future role the EU is likely to play internationally.
"The European Foreign and Security policy is in rapid transformation. Mai'a K. Davis Cross's book on security integration in Europe offers a timely and thorough insight into the drivers of an essential aspect of this evolution."
—Poul S. Christoffersen, Danish ambassador to Belgium and former permanent representative to the EU
"This is an ambitious work which deals not only with European security and defense but also has much to say about the policy-making process of the EU in general."
—Ezra Suleiman, Princeton University
"This book is a veritable tour de force which sets EU security integration in a complex, multifaceted, and highly sophisticated frame. It is a book with much to offer both to the IR community and to the European Studies community."
—Jolyon Howorth, Yale University
Cover image: © European Union, 2011