Laura Chappell

Dr Laura Chappell


Senior Lecturer in European Politics

Biography

University roles and responsibilities

  • Undergraduate Programme Director

Research

Research interests

My teaching

My publications

Publications

Chappell LC (2009) Deploying the EU Battlegroups: Mission Impossible?,, CFSP Forum 7 (6) pp. 7-12
Chappell LC, Petrov P (2015) The EDA and military capability development: making pooling and sharing work, In: Karampekios N, Oikonomou I (eds.), The European Defence Agency. Arming Europe Routledge
Chappell L, Mawdsley J, Petrov P (2016) The EU, Strategy and Security Policy., Routledge
Chappell LC (2009) Strategic Posture Review: Poland, WPR Reports
Chappell LC, Mawdsley J, Whitman R (2016) The National Priorities of Germany, France and the UK. Enabling or Constraining a Joined-Up EU Strategy?, In: Chappell L, Mawdsley J, Petrov P (eds.), The EU, Strategy and Security Policy Routledge
Chappell LC, Mawdsley J, Petrov P (2016) Uncovering EU strategy in its security policy: a (in)coherent actor?, In: Chappell L, Mawdsley J, Petrov P (eds.), The EU, Strategy and Security Policy Routledge
Chappell LC, Mawdsley J, Petrov P (2016) Strategy in European Security and Defence policy ? does it matter?, In: Chappell L, Mawdsley J, Petrov P (eds.), The EU, Strategy and Security Policy Routledge
Chappell L (2009) Differing member state approaches to the development of the EU Battlegroup Concept: implications for CSDP, European Security 18 (4) pp. 417-439 Routledge, Taylor & Francis
This article will analyse the challenges facing CSDP through an evaluation of the impact that differing member state strategic cultures have on the EU Battlegroup Concept,, highlighted through the examples of Germany and Poland. The concept was initiated to give the EU an increased rapid reaction capacity. However, as emphasised through the cases of Germany and Poland, divergences in EU member states? strategic cultures remain, including when, where and how force is used. When this is combined with the cost of plugging military capabilities? gaps, the political willingness to deploy a Battlegroup can be affected. Whilst the article highlights that the role that member states want to play within CSDP as well as international expectations can override constraining factors, the Battlegroups rely on a rotation system. As some member states are more willing to deploy the Battlegroups than others, the concept risks becoming a declaratory policy thus undermining CSDP.
In Germany, Poland and the Common Security and Defence Policy Laura Chappell offers a comprehensive comparative analysis of an old and a new EU Member State's perceptions of and contributions to EU security and defence at the beginning of the 21st Century. Utilising a distinct theoretical framework intertwining strategic culture and role theory, this book focuses on change and continuity in Poland and Germany's defence policies. It does this by connecting the political and the military through two case studies on the EU Battlegroup Concept and the European Security Strategy. By analysing these along with each country's general approach to security and defence it is possible to assess in which areas convergence has occurred, where divergences remain and the impact of this on the Common Security and Defence Policy including whether a European strategic culture is developing. This has important implications for the effectiveness and efficiency of the EU as an international security actor
Chappell LC, Petrov P (2014) The European Union's crisis management operations: Strategic culture in action?, European Integration Online Papers 18 (2) pp. 1-24
How useful is the concept of strategic culture for understanding when, where and how the European Union uses force? This paper will assess the extent to which agreement among the European Union Member States to conduct Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operations is founded on a top-down approach based on a common strategic culture or alternatively on a bottom-up approach. In the latter case, a decision to deploy troops is based on specific Member States? interests and capabilities. Four military operations will be analysed: Operation EUFOR Althea, EUFOR RD Congo, EUFOR TChad/RCA and Operation Atalanta. Emphasis is placed on whether there has been any form of decision-making based on shared beliefs, attitudes and norms regarding the use of force. The aim is to highlight whether there has been increasing convergence behind the reasoning for the deployment of European Union operations which indicates the extent to which the organisation possesses a European strategic culture.
Alecu de Flers N, Chappell L, Müller P (2011) The EU's Foreign and Security Policy: Incremental Upgrading of Common Interests and the Effects of Institutionalised Cooperation, In: Falkner G (eds.), The EU's Decision Traps: Comparing Policies pp. 162-180 Oxford University Press
Chappell L (2010) Poland in Transition: Implications for a European Security and Defence Policy, Contemporary Security Policy 31 (2) pp. 225-248 Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Guerrina Roberta, Chappell Laura, Wright Katharine (2018) Transforming CSDP? Feminist triangles and gender regimes, Journal of Common Market Studies 56 (5) pp. 1036-1052 Wiley
Despite equality being considered one of the key normative foundations of the EU, gender has not yet been mainstreamed within the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). This article investigates the impact of institutional structures on the inclusion of a gender dimension in this policy area. The article adopts Woodward?s (2003) model of feminist triangles to unpack the role of actors and processes; specifically, highlighting key innovations and missed opportunities to integrate gender into CSDP. Focusing in particular on femocrats, the article argues that for gender mainstreaming to take place, the office of the Gender Advisor needs to bridge the division between the military and civilian dimension of CSDP. It concludes that CSDP remains largely gender blind in spite of the EU?s adoption of an action plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
Chappell L (2017) Poland and the Common Security and Defense Policy: Potential Leader?, In: Hashimoto T, Rhimes M (eds.), Reviewing European Union Accession. Unexpected Results, Spillover Effects, and Externalities 67 pp. 207-224 Brill Nijhoff
This thesis explores the tensions between the underpinnings of Normative Power Europe (NPE) and the use of the military as a way of norm diffusion, with a focus on Somalia. It is specifically concerned with the impact of the European External Action Service (EEAS), as part of the EU?s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), on the evolution of the EU as a ?normative power?. By focusing on this particular interrelation of normative and military power, this project will illustrate the importance of actorness as a constructive element of the EU?s normative identity in its external action.
This thesis? contribution stems from critiques of NPE, particularly with reference to its discursive nature. Simultaneously, it emphasises symbolic manifestation as key in addressing the tension between ?military? and ?normative? power. Whilst it contributes to the literature on CSDP, this thesis is concerned with demonstrating the catalytic role of the establishment of the EEAS in the evolution of the EU?s normative identity.
Through the exploration of the EU?s military operations in Somalia - EUTM and EUNAVFOR - this research establishes the compatibility between normative power and military means. This is achieved through content analysis and subsequent critical frame analysis of official EU documentation. The critical frames of ?comprehensive approach?, ?effective multilateralism? and ?partnership-ownership? are applied to the strategic documentation, sub-strategies and EU documents relating to Somalia and the Horn of Africa in order to demonstrate the normative elements of the EU?s external action as well as how they have altered since the establishment of the EEAS. By examining the consistent operationalisation of the EU?s demonstrated intents and subsequent impact in Somalia, this thesis ultimately provides an evaluation of the Union?s overall power in normative terms. Most importantly, it makes the case for NPE?s pertinence in the study of external action.
Chappell, Laura C (2019) Contemporary European Security, In: Galbreath David J., Mawdsley Jocelyn, Chappell Laura (eds.), Contemporary European Security pp. 1-216 Routledge