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EU foreign policy

With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 and its subsequent implementation, the European Union has gradually assembled the constituent elements of a sui generis 'foreign policy', bringing together various competencies, instruments and resources that were hitherto spread across different institutions and bodies. Although the process is still on-going and progress is, in parts, uneven, certain traits of a more coherent common approach to foreign policy-making are now evident. In the Balkans, the Horn of Africa (both offshore and onshore), the Sahel, or the Middle East, joint and combined forms of external action - including diplomacy, enlargement, CSDP and development activities - are now producing more effective and lasting results.

Analysing the specific actors, instruments, policies, and strategies at the disposal of the Union and assessing their scope and outreach is also a way to illustrate what the EU does in the world - something which is not always known or appreciated by those who directly benefit from its external action, or indeed by European citizens at large. Monitoring performance, in turn, also contributes to improving it, in a constructive manner and on the basis of factual evidence.[collapse]

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  • 27February 2018

    From 27 February to 2 March 2018, the EUISS held the second round of workshops for the project ‘Balkan Futures’. The project is implemented by the EUISS and supported by the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB).

  • 18February 2018

    On 18 February 2018, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) organised a side-event at the 2018 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof in Germany. 

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    30January 2018

    Although the need for a more coherent or strategic approach to the EU’s security cooperation with third states is widely acknowledged, its operationalisation presents a number of challenges. Which third countries should the EU establish partnerships with, and on the basis of what criteria?

  • 25January 2018

    On Thursday 25 January, the CSCAP EU Committee convened for its fifth annual meeting in Brussels. The Committee held a workshop on arms exports, defence markets, and new dynamics in EU-Asia relations.

  • 22January 2018

    On 22 January 2018 in Sarajevo, the EUISS launched its newest project – Balkan Futures. The project is implemented by the EUISS and supported by the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB).

  • 16November 2017

    On 16 November 2017, the EUISS and the Munich Security Conference (MSC) formalised cooperation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

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    13November 2017

    Permanent Structured Cooperation, the so-called ‘sleeping beauty’ of EU defence, is awake. This Chaillot Paper looks at the historical evolution of PeSCo and its potential ramifications for EU operations and capability development. 

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    25October 2017

    Visa liberalisation processes have offset the slow pace of reforms in the eastern neighbourhood by drawing partner states closer to the EU. What have been the effects of this success story for the Eastern Partnership (EaP)?

  • 02October 2017

    On 2 October 2017, the EUISS and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU organised a high-level conference on hybrid threats. During three panels focusing on the current state of play, cyber resilience and strategic communications, the conference encouraged debate about the efforts made by the EU to counter hybrid threats.

  • 21September 2017

    The EUISS and the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) held the 4th EU-ROK Strategic Dialogue on 21 September in Brussels.

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  • 08October 2015

    The 2015 Annual Conference of the EUISS was held, exceptionally, in Brussels on 8/9 October and served as the occasion to inaugurate the public consultation and outreach phase that will accompany the preparations of a Global Strategy for the EU in the coming months.

  • 28May 2015

    On Saturday 8 May, the EU institutions opened their doors to the public at the annual EU Open Day in Brussels. Once again the EUISS took part in this event with a stand in the Atrium of the Justus Lipsius building.

  • 22May 2015

    On 22 May, the Atlantic Council hosted the European Union Institute for Security Studies for the latter’s annual transatlantic conference in Washington DC.

  • 21April 2015

    The EUISS organised a conference at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels on 21 April which gathered a number of think tankers, academics and EU and national officials to debate the rapidly-changed global security environment with the HR/VP.

  • 13March 2015

    On 13 March, the EUISS and the China Institute for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) held their annual exchange of views in Beijing.

  • 30January 2015

    On 30 January 2015 the EUISS, in cooperation with the Latvian EU Presidency and the Institute for European Politics in Berlin, organised a conference on EU-Central Asia relations.

  • 12December 2014

    On 12 December 2014, the EUISS hosted a screening of the fly-on-the-wall documentary film The Agreement.

  • 24June 2014

    On 24 June 2014, the EUISS co-hosted a transatlantic workshop on EU-US approaches to Africa with the German Marshall Fund of the United States at the Institut's Paris Headquarters.

  • 23May 2014

    On 23 May, the EU Institute for Security Studies hosted a double event in Brussels ‘Crisis management 2014: the EU record’ in order to present both its ‘Yearbook of European Security: YES 2014’ and the EUISS/EEAS book ‘Crisis Rooms: towards a global network?’

  • 17May 2014

    The EUISS was represented once again at the annual EU Open Day Brussels in order to offer European citizens a chance to learn more about the work and team of the Institute.

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