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Unrecognised and unwelcome? The role of the EU in preventing the proliferation of CBRN weapons, materials and knowledge

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This article assesses the role of the EU as an actor in the area of non-proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons, materials and know-how. It focuses primarily on the Russian Federation. Russia's extensive CBRN programmes, combined with bad economy, weak security and high unemployment among CBRN scientists, have become a major source of concern for the international community following the end of the cold war and after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. The EU is the only non-state actor that got involved in addressing this threat right at the beginning of the 1990s, renewing its commitments after 9/11. This article revisits the concept of ‘actorness’ in order to examine the past, present and possibly future role of the EU in preventing the proliferation of CBRN capabilities. This means that in addition to evaluating past policies, this contribution analyses the impact of the Lisbon Treaty reforms and the changing international security environment on the position of the EU as an aspiring international non-proliferation actor

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Zwolski, Kamil (2011) Unrecognised and unwelcome? The role of the EU in preventing the proliferation of CBRN weapons, materials and knowledge [in special issue: European Security Governance after the Lisbon Treaty: Neighbours and New Actors in a Security Environment] Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 12, (4), pp. 477-492. (doi:10.1080/15705854.2011.622962).

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Published date: 22 November 2011
Keywords: CFSP, non-proliferation, lisbon treaty, CBRN, russia, security
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 342574
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/342574
ISSN: 1568-0258
PURE UUID: 93fbf7ca-a5e6-41ae-9642-44619c49dc24

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2012 09:17
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:28

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Author: Kamil Zwolski

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