This article critically reviews and analyses the books listed below. The works reviewed provide an overview of the state of the art in the academic literature on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSFP). Bearing their original contributions in mind, the themes standing out in the review do not dramatically depart from the ones that have repeatedly been placed under the microscope of scholars. This article argues that the EU is still an ineffective power due to the lack of coherence among the Member States and institutions, and its reluctance and/or inability to promote universal values around the globe.
Giegerich, B. (ed.) (2010) Europe and Global Security. New York: Routledge. Laïdi, Z. (ed.) (2008) EU Foreign Policy in a Globalized World: Normative Power and Social Preferences. New York: Routledge. Kaunert, C. (ed.) (2010) European Internal Security: Towards Supranational Governance in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Merlingen, M. and Ostrauskeite, R. (eds) (2008) European Security and Defence Policy: An Implementation Perspective. New York: Routledge.