This edited volume provides an innovative contribution to the debate on contemporary European geopolitics by tracing some of the new political geographies and geographical imaginations emergent within - and made possible by - the EU's actions in the international arena. Drawing on case studies that range from the Arctic to East Africa, the nine empirical chapters provide a critical geopolitical reading of the ways in which particular places, countries, and regions are brought into the EU's orbit and the ways in which they are made to work for 'EU'rope. The analyses look at how the spaces of 'EU'ropean power and actorness are narrated and created, but also at how 'EU'rope's discursive (and material) strategies of incorporation are differently appropriated by local and regional elites, from the southern shores of the Mediterranean to Eastern Europe and the Balkans. The question of EU border management is a particularly important concern of several contributions, highlighting some of the ways in which the Union's border-work is actively (re)making the European space.
Luiza Bialasiewicz is an Associate Professor of European Studies at the Department of European Studies , Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Through a wide-ranging set of theoretically and empirically rich case studies, this fascinating volume shows how Europe’s changing role in the world is shaped by concrete territorial discourses and practices that are rooted in a particular conception of Europe as a historical and geographical construct. The book offers important insights into the complicated, multifaceted ways in which Europe functions as a geopolitical actor, even as it opens up new ways of doing critical geopolitics.' Alexander B. Murphy, University of Oregon, USA 'This edited volume provides an innovative contribution to the debate on contemporary European geopolitics by tracing some of the new political geographies and geographical imaginations emergent within the EU’s actions in the international arena.' LSE Review of Books 'The edited volume by Luiza Bialasiewicz offers an insightful contribution to the debates in critical geopolitics and EU external relations by taking innovative conceptual and empirical directions.' Journal of Contemporary European Research