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Shift in European security interests since EU Global Strategy?

01 Jun 2017 - 11:27
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The strategy process that preceded the publication of the EU Global Strategy in June 2016 was a thorough and lengthy one. The eventual EUGS document highlighted five broadly sketched foreign and security policy priorities for the European Union. They were: 1) the security of our union; 2) state and societal resilience to our East and South; 3) an integrated approach to conflicts and crises; 4) a cooperative regional order; and 5) global governance for the 21st century. It is now approximately a year since the Global Strategy was presented.

At first sight it has been a very eventful year: the United Kingdom is in the process of exiting the EU, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, there were terrorist attacks in Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Manchester and London, and the Turkish referendum had its fallout in cities in Western Europe.

A good strategy document is obviously not obsolete only a year after the fact, but still it seems that some priorities have gained even more urgency while others have faded in comparison. 

The question that is addressed in this policy brief is to what extent new security interests have emerged and to what extent interests as identified in the Global Strategy are seen in a different light.