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Where does CSDP fit in EU foreign policy?

on February 13, 2013, 11:16
Policy paper - Nick Witney

This Policy Paper is a contribution of Nick Witney (ECFR) to the project Think Global – Act European (TGAE). Thinking strategically about the EU’s external action directed byNotre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute (report available in March 2013, dir. Elvire Fabry, Senior Research Fellow, Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute).







The Lisbon Treaty describes CSDP as ‘integral’ to Europe’s foreign policy. Yet European leaders’ actions belie any such belief. The EU has gone ‘missing in action’ in north Africa: ‘pooling and sharing’ is discussed but not practised. Governments aborted the EADS/BAES merger, for narrow national reasons.



This lack of seriousness about defence stems from intervention fatigue, and the absence of any direct military threat. But the hegemony of the West is finished; the US is pivoting to Asia; and Europe is being rapidly marginalised. It needs to exploit all its assets, including its armed forces, to continue to count in the world.


The missing understanding is how the military can be used as a tool of statecraft. Europe’s ability to offer assistance and training, intelligence and arms, should be a key conduit of influence – for example, with the new democracies of north Africa.



Europeans need to re-think the global strategic environment, and how their armed forces can support foreign policy. The European Council should commission a European Defence Review, to produce both a strategic re-assessment and proposals for major integrative projects.






Before the publication of the final report presenting the key recommendations of the 16 think tanks involved in the project,  5 series of Policy Papers address the following key challenges: CSDP, EU neighbourhood, strategic resources, migration and economic policy.


This Policy Paper is part of the series entitled “How can Europeans be taken seriously with lower hard capacities?” which includes contributions by Jean-Pierre Darnis (IAI, Rome), Ronja Kempin (SWP, Berlin), Daniel Keohane (Fride, Brussels) and Jan Techau (Carnegie Europe, Brussels). 
Go to the other contributions of the defence series >>

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