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After the EUGS: mainstreaming a new CSDP

25 Jul 2016 - 14:09
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The new EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) needs implementation. One of the areas for follow-up is security and defence.

In this article that appeared in the EUISS Issue Alert of July 2016, Clingendael’s Senior Research Fellows Margriet Drent and Dick Zandee argue that the consequences for the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) need to be defined, in particular for the armed forces of the member states. For this purpose a CSDP White Book or a Security and Defence Strategy (SDS) will have to be developed.

What should such a specific SDS entail? Its content can be broken down into four areas: ambition level and tasks; capabilities; tools and instruments; and lastly, the way forward. Drent and Zandee discuss their ideas for these areas.