UDC 327.56::351.88(4-672EU)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 63 (2012)
Vol. 63, No 1146, pp. 85-99

Pregledni članak
Received: 12 Jan 2012
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Igrutinović Milan (Istraživač saradnik, Institut za evropske studije, Beograd), milan.igrutinovic@ies.rs

The paper analyses the position of the European Union as a special factor in international relations, which is being perceived through the prism of strategic culture. At the beginning, the author presents a short overview of strategic culture as a concept and methodological approach in the study of the behaviour of nation states as factors in the system of international relations. They should also establish the position of the European Union as a special supranational factor with its own strategic culture. The paper discusses the basic division in the relationship between the national strategic culture and the supranational EU strategic culture as well as the role of the legitimacy of the use force in that relationship. In the final part, the paper critically discusses the perspectives of the strategic culture as the dominant approach to the problem and its dependence on short-term phenomena that reduce the possibilities to establish a clear theoretical model, which has been confirmed in practice.

Keywords: strategic culture, European Union, constructivism, CSDP, legitimacy, norms, security