Secrecy and the Making of CFSP

By analysing the three main CSDP committees, Mai'a K. Davis Cross sheds light on where secrecy exists and how it works in its relationship to the EU's foreign poilcy outcomes in the journal West European Politics.


How can we understand the role of secrecy in the making of the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)? This article analyses the nature of secrecy and questions some of the main assumptions surrounding the concept. In this respect, it argues that secrecy may be of functional necessity for policy-makers and actually compatible with good governance. Moreover, we must not put too much stock in transparency alone in that the relationship between secrecy and transparency is not zero-sum ‒ historically, transparency has sometimes been an instrument of control and domination. The article considers the case of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) to shed light on what kind of secrecy exists in the foreign policy area, and argues that this is mainly a combination of functional and compound secrecy.

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Mai'a K. Davis Cross
Secrecy and the Making of CFSP

West European Politics, Online, February 2018
DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2018.1435088

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Tags: differentation, European Union, democracy, dominance
Published Feb. 19, 2018 3:32 PM - Last modified Mar. 14, 2018 10:29 AM