Giovanni Grevi, a scholar at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), cleverly describes this as an “interpolar world”.* But we do not know yet whether competition will prevail over co-operation or vice-versa. The Financial Times
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‘Any sensible approach cannot be confined to technical programmes, or military force, while neglecting the political dynamics on the ground. Policies without politics will not work.’
In this quarter's issue of the newsletter, EUISS director Álvaro de Vasconcelos writes about Europe's need to continue impressing its brand of multilateral governance. Guest author Srdjan Dizdarevic; suggests that for BiH to move faster towards the EU, civil society is key in pushing the country's politicians for faster reforms. EUISS Senior Research Fellow Giovanni Grevi explores the future of global governance amidst the shifts in power away from the EU and the US and toward emerging countries.
18June 2010With contributions from Damien Helly, Daniel Keohane, Erwan Lannon, Esra Bulut, Giovanni Grevi, Jacques Rupnik, Jean Pascal Zanders, Juha Jokela, Luis Peral, Marcin Zaborowski, Nicola Casarini, Paulo Wrobel, Rouzbeh Parsi, Sabine Fischer
This multi-author publication presents EUISS forecasts and perspectives on the European Union’s foreign policy strategy in the post-Lisbon Treaty context. The Report seeks to define what should be the basic guiding principles of EU foreign policy and how they should be applied in a set of priority areas.
This book breaks new ground by providing the first comprehensive review of every ESDP operation to date. It explains how the EU institutions responsible for international crisis management have developed and functioned, reviews the civil and military resources available to the ESDP, and analyses the key partnerships between the EU and other international organisations.
Giovanni Grevi sketches out a new scenario for the changing international system: the interpolar world. He suggests that the shifts in global power will be shaped by the necessities of increasing interdependence - not least to confront shared challenges, from the economic crisis to climate change, and their political and security implications.
This report follows on from the series of seminars organised in 2008 by the EUISS on the European Security Strategy. It contributes to the debate on policy options generated by the December 2008 European Council, which put forward guidelines for the implementation of the Strategy in the coming years, and looks at how to increase the consistency and coherence of EU external action.
20January 2009With contributions from Daniel Keohane, Esra Bulut, Giovanni Grevi, Jean Pascal Zanders, Luis Peral, Sabine Fischer, Walter Posch
This collaborative effort of the EUISS research team highlights what it considers to be the major political event of 2009: the election of President Barack Obama and the impact that the change in the American administration will have on the world. It covers the priority areas for US-EU cooperation of global governance, climate change, disarmament and non-proliferation, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and transatlantic relations.
This policy brief reviews the recent US National Intelligence report on global trends in 2025, which predicts a more multipolar and heterogenous world, characterised by non-state actors and rising powers with different priorities such as China, India and Russia. In a world where Europe risks losing its clout, the brief urges the US and the EU to work together in reforming multilateral structures, developing common strategies to engage the new global players, and facing new environmental, demographic and economic challenges.
The tension between interdependence and power politics will shape the future of the international system. It is in the interest of the European Union to engage established and aspiring global powers in a sustained dialogue on how to confront pressing common challenges.
There can be no common European foreign policy without adequate instruments to collect information on the ground, represent the Union at the political level, and coordinate all the tools of EU foreign policy to achieve maximum influence out of joint action.