The EU, Irish Defence Forces, and Contemporary Security

The EU, Irish Defence Forces, and Contemporary Security.

Jonathan Carroll, Mark Williams & Matthew O’Neill (Eds.), “The EU, Irish Defence Forces, and Contemporary Security”, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2022.

The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy Research Fellows Matthew O’Neill and Mark Williams, alongside Jonathan Carroll, are co-editors of a forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan edited volume on the Irish Defence Forces entitled “The EU, Irish Defence Forces, and Contemporary Security.”

The volume will aid researchers, policymakers, and military personnel in researching small states and militaries, European defence, and security policy as well as contemporary and emerging threats. It gathers academic commentators on Irish defence policy, military leaders from across the service components of the Irish Defence Forces, the British Armed Forces, the German Bundeswehr, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and European Union defence experts to contribute to the first in-depth conversation and analysis on modern Irish defence. The aim of the volume is to ascertain what capabilities are robust, which are lacking, what future threats need to be catered for, and what action is needed to ensure those threats will be addressed going forward. The book will explore emerging issues and applications of modern and contemporary threats within the context of Ireland, Europe, and Western institutions. Submissions were invited from scholars, commentators, policymakers, and military practitioners to evaluate the Irish Defence Forces and to illustrate the complexities facing small nations in formulating and resourcing defence and national security policy.

The volume will feature chapters from several Azure Forum analysts including:

  • “Irish Cyber Security”, Matthew O’Neill and Mark Williams
  • “Ensuring the Jungle Doesn’t Grow Back: The Obligations Inherent to Irish Defence Policy”, Vice Admiral (Rtd.) Mark Mellett, Chair of the Azure Forum Advisory Council
  • “Decolonisation, Conflict, and Independence: The Impact of History on Ireland’s Approach to Peacekeeping”, Neil Dee.

The edited volume is available to pre-order at the link here and will be launched towards the end of 2022 at an event hosted by the Azure Forum. Further details will be announced closer to the time.