‘Short-term deals may be necessary in the current crisis, but we should not lower the ambition for long-term change in our neighbourhood and beyond.’
As an integral part of the expert outreach and consultation process that will prepare and support the drafting of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS), a number of well-known analysts and commentators have been asked to provide their personal views on the highly-anticipated document.
More specifically, they have been asked: what is the main priority the strategy should focus on? And what are the most appropriate means to pursue them?
Contributors include renowned experts, academics, think tankers and policymakers from across the European Union, as well as representative analysts from non-EU countries to ensure that the exercise is truly global in scope.
The opinion pieces were published between 15 January and 1 April on both the EUISS website and the dedicated EUGS website.
The EUISS is grateful to the Compagnia di San Paolo for the generous grant it offered in support of the EUGS expert opinions initiative.
Views from Europe
‘Instead of being facilitated, the decisionmaking process in the EU is blocked: European and national civil servants cannot take political decisions and rely upon technocratic approaches.’
‘In the current climate, it would probably be best to produce a relatively modest text, but one that aims to provide concrete answers to the major challenges facing the EU...’
‘It is no longer inconceivable that the territory of an EU member state could be threatened by hybrid tactics or even be occupied by military force. The response to such a contingency could not simply be compartmentalised as a matter solely for NATO.’
Views from the wider world
Jolyon Howorth & Vivien Schmidt – Visiting Professor of Political Science, Yale University and Professor of International Relations, Boston University
‘Europeans must finally emerge as the architects and guarantors of their own regional security.’
‘...the EU should make a significant effort to convey the message that it not only partners with the region’s leaders, but also with its peoples.’
Uzi Arad – Professor at The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel and former National Security Advisor to Prime Minister of Israel
‘To adequately confront ISIL, blunt its advance in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and curtail its influence elsewhere, it is essential that a united front is formed, which pools its resources and capabilities, to undertake a campaign that employs extensive power projection, as well as new tactics and means.’
‘Europe needs to be more open to learning from others; it needs to listen more and lecture less and construct a new European narrative which is more open, inclusive and accommodative.’