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CSDP in action – What contribution to international security?

Chaillot Paper - No134 - 12 June 2015

Thierry Tardy

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The Chaillot Paper includes three chapters. The first chapter presents the crisis management environment and its related constraints. It offers a brief conceptual framework of crisis management that recapitulates what the EU does in the CSDP field.

The second chapter examines how CSDP fits into this environment. It does so by focusing on CSDP operations and missions, the challenge of maximising impact through internal and external coordination, and what this all says about the security culture of the EU. The third and last chapter highlights the difficulties inherent in evaluating CSDP and aims to unpack some of the achievements and structural limitations of EU operations and missions.