, Volume 87, Number 2

Clara Marina O'Donnell

This article assesses the approach of the UK coalition government to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It argues that, from the perspective of British interests, the need for EU defence cooperation has increased over the last decade and that the UK's further withdrawal from EU efforts is having a negative impact. It traces Britain's increasing neglect of the CSDP across the same period, the underlying reasons for this, and how the coalition's current stance of disengagement is damaging Britain's interests.

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