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Epistemic policy networks in the European Union’s CBRN risk mitigation policy

Epistemic policy networks in the European Union’s CBRN risk mitigation policy
Epistemic policy networks in the European Union’s CBRN risk mitigation policy
This paper offers insights into an innovative and currently flagship approach of the European Union (EU) to the mitigation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) risks. Building on its long-time experience in the CBRN field, the EU has incorporated methods familiar to the students of international security governance: it is establishing regional networks of experts and expertise. CBRN Centers of Excellence, as they are officially called, aim to contribute to the security and safety culture in different parts of Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, and South East Europe, in the broadly construed CBRN area. These regional networks represent a modern form of security cooperation, which can be conceptualized as an epistemic policy networks approach. It offers flexibility to the participating states, which have different incentives to get involved. At the same, however, the paper identifies potential limitations and challenges of epistemic policy networks in this form.
security governance, epistemic policy network, european security, CBRN, foreign policy
0966-2839
319-334
Zwolski, Kamil
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Zwolski, Kamil
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Zwolski, Kamil (2014) Epistemic policy networks in the European Union’s CBRN risk mitigation policy. European Security, 24 (2), 319-334. (doi:10.1080/09662839.2014.968776).

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This paper offers insights into an innovative and currently flagship approach of the European Union (EU) to the mitigation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) risks. Building on its long-time experience in the CBRN field, the EU has incorporated methods familiar to the students of international security governance: it is establishing regional networks of experts and expertise. CBRN Centers of Excellence, as they are officially called, aim to contribute to the security and safety culture in different parts of Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, and South East Europe, in the broadly construed CBRN area. These regional networks represent a modern form of security cooperation, which can be conceptualized as an epistemic policy networks approach. It offers flexibility to the participating states, which have different incentives to get involved. At the same, however, the paper identifies potential limitations and challenges of epistemic policy networks in this form.

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Published date: 15 October 2014
Keywords: security governance, epistemic policy network, european security, CBRN, foreign policy
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 370137
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/370137
ISSN: 0966-2839
PURE UUID: 35c266ba-272f-4ef4-8bb1-6caf7a09bf25

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Date deposited: 23 Oct 2014 10:27
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:13

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