Rationalist State, Revolutionist EU, and Realist War: Austria in International Society
Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Forthcoming
26 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2015
Date Written: September 11, 2014
This paper examines Austria’s position as a small and neutral state in the international society as the English School frames it. This examination is chiefly done in the face of the effects of great power conflicts and their impact on Western Europe’s international society. In doing so, the paper provides insights to fundamental puzzles concerning the ways power is managed between states, great and small alike. The paper surveys how war (i.e. in South Ossetia 2008) and war-like incidents affected Austria’s position in the international society and the understanding of its place among great power conflicts between East and West. I argue that neutrality, despite European integration amidst a peaceful international society, remains a political option for the small state Austria. This option is especially lively if there is a domestic sentimental attachment to it and sticking to it does not undermine domestic nor European and international foreign policy rationale and interests.
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