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Chaillot Papers

Chaillot Papers are the Institute's flagship publications. Written by external experts as well as the Institute’s Senior Analysts, and based on collective work or individual research, they deal with all subjects of current relevance to the Union’s security.

  • EU security and defence — Core documents 2006 — Volume VII

    01 March 2007

    compiled by Catherine Glière

    The civil war in Iraq, the nuclear issue in Iran, the war in Lebanon, the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian deadlock, the energy, Darfur, the disintegration of Somalia, tensions between Georgia and Russia: all these events have increased instability in the EU’s neighborhood in 2006, both to the east and to the south.

  • This Chaillot Paper aims to give readers an overview of the EU Battlegroups and their prospective evolution. The study addresses four main questions: (i) the process leading to the creation of the EU Battlegroups; (ii) the main elements covered by the EU BG Concept; (iii) the principal challenges and prospects facing the EU Battlegroups; and (iv) how the EU Battlegroups are likely to evolve over the next few years.

  • The five West African countries that constitute the Mano River Basin have attracted significant international and regional attention and preoccupation over the last fifteen years. Over the years, a series of agreements has established trade and development aid partnership links between the European Union and the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) group of states.

  • With its booming economy, China is emerging as the key player in Asia-Pacific and possibly as the world’s next superpower.

  • Les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 ont démontré de façon spectaculaire que les principaux défis de sécurité posés à l’Amérique ne venaient pas des rivalités de puissance traditionnelles mais plutôt des zones grises, en mal de souveraineté, des Etats faillis ou mal gouvernés dont s’emparent les extrémistes. L’enjeu n’est donc plus d’agir sur les relations entre Etats mais sur les Etats eux-mêmes, afin qu’ils cessent de générer du terrorisme, de la prolifération, des génocides, des guerres civiles, etc. Après le concept de « guerre globale contre la terreur », le président George W. Bush a mis en avant son « agenda de la liberté » visant à promouvoir la démocratie comme réponse aux défis de sécurité du monde, en particulier au Moyen-Orient.