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  1. The small member states and the EU defense integration

  2. The small states and defense integration • Definition of the small states as security actors: try to adapt to rather than dominate their external environment; they have less influence on international events and have a smaller margin of time and error (Wivel, 2005) • Why do they support international institutionalization of foreign and defense policy?: constrain the great powers, voice opportunities, facilitate peaceful resolution of conflicts • The integration dilemma: entrapment vs abandonment

  3. Traditional security identity of the EU smaller MSs • Neutral and non-aligned states: - Ireland • Sweden • Finland • Austria • NATO allies: • Denmark • the Netherlands • Portugal • Greece

  4. The first post cold war decade • The first post cold war decade- soft security agenda of the European Union, loose security integration structures, mild integration dilemma for the smaller MSs- they could preserve autonomy while maximizing their influence • Post 9/11 experiences: ‘a great power directorate in the EU security decision-making’ concern; the integration dilemma for the smaller MSs