This site reflects an exploratory research project housed by the Borders in Motion Centre at the Europe University Viadrina, entitled
Towards a European Internal Security Order? Exploring the redefinition of functional and geographical borders in EU security cooperation
- Dr. Raphael Bossong
Over the last fifteen years, EU internal security – which includes border security, police, customs and criminal justice cooperation, among other issues – is one of the most dynamic fields of integration.
This can be explained by the nature of EU policy-making, which allows for intensive transgovernmental interactions between security actors, as well as by the perceived salience of the threat of terrorism and "illegal" migration. Thus, the traditional rationale of European integration, i.e. peace, has increasingly been replaced by the objective to ensure transnational order and policing.
Empirically, the project analyses the"post-Stockholm" phase of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, which purports to provide more operational security instruments as well as improved fundamental rights safeguards and political participation mechanisms. Theoretically, the project focuses on the dissolution as well as redefinition of physical, technological, cultural and political borders, which constitute as well as limit the emerging European internal security order.