OverviewThe primary purpose of this book is to cast a penetrative look at a broad range of fiercely debated contemporary issues which are shaping the policy-making agenda in international relations, and particularly European affairs, in the early twenty-first century. Since the late 1980s, the EU has faced the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc, followed by more than a dozen new applications for membership; the re-unification of Germany; various ethnic conflicts; a fragmenting Yugoslavia and the dramas of Bosnia and Kosovo accompanied by rising waves of refugees and immigration; and a troublesome but successful completion of Monetary Union. The impact of all this upon the continuing integration of Europe, and upon its frameworks of governance and policy-making, is evidently huge. The central theme of the book is to consider the concepts of inter-dependence and the effectiveness of cooperation in addressing these issues. In part one the book deals with security, defence, and conflict; part two explores issues of economic development; and part three concentrates on new technology and innovation. This last area is not always at the forefront of international negotiations, yet underlines almost all major developments in international relations from the way wars are waged to the foundations of economic globalisation. This original and up-to-date consideration of the key issues affecting the EU and international affairs generally will appeal to upper-level undergraduates of European studies, politics and international relations.