Spyridon N. Litsas; The European Common Security and Defense Concept: Opportunities and Challenges. Mediterranean Quarterly 1 September 2017; 28 (3): 56–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10474552-4216410
This essay analyses one of the most common yet stagnated concepts of European politics—the common security and defense prospects of Europe. The analysis shows that although a common security and defense cooperation scheme has been a mainstay of European political discourse since the end of World War II, discussion never resulted in a concrete or realistic plan. The reasons for this emphatic failure can be found in the political complexities of the European structure and in the difficulties of implementing such a challenging plan.