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Security and defence

The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is an integral part of EU foreign policy. Through its military operations and civilian missions, the EU has contributed to regional and global stability. Since it's inception, the CSDP has responded to a shifting regional security context. It has played a vital role in crisis management in the EU's near and wider neighbourhood but it is also an essential part of the EU's broader approach to the protection of Europe and capacity building.

Although the Lisbon Treaty consolidated the EU's crisis management apparatus, the EU Global Strategy has set a new level of ambition for EU defence. In addition to the CSDP playing an operational role in the EU's integrated approach to crises, the EU Global Strategy has stressed the need for the EU to become a more capable and effective defence actor. Initiatives such as the European Defence Fund, the coordinated annual defence review (CARD) and more coherent financing for EU operations and capacity building efforts are all aimed at supporting the EU's strategic autonomy and the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base. The EUISS continues to support the development of CSDP through outreach activities and expert publications.


  • Speakers to the conference seated on podium © Sveriges Riksdag
    03March 2023

    Dr Gustav Lindstrom moderated a panel on the EU Strategic Compass at the inter-parliamentary conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy.

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    02March 2023
    This Brief analyses EU defence cooperation with key partners and makes suggestions for how these strategic partnerships might be further tailored and enhanced, including the idea of ‘Institutional nesting’ as a way to reconcile overlapping cooperation formats.
  • Jan Joel Andersson speaking on stage at conference © Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU Flickr
    01February 2023

    On 1 February, Jan Joel Andersson was invited to a panel discussion at the Swedish National Defence University (SNDU) in Stockholm.

  • Jan Joel Andersson on stage presenting paper © Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU Flicker
    31January 2023

    Jan Joel Andersson presented upcoming research on European defence partnerships at a high-level conference organised by the Swedish Presidency.

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    26January 2023

    On 26 January, the EUISS and the Genron NPO, the EU-Japan Strategic Dialogue organised a meeting which brought together experts from both sides to discuss the recent evolution of their respective security frameworks.

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    19January 2023

    Senior Analyst Jan Joel Andersson was invited to an exchange of views on the effects of the Russian war in Ukraine on the EU security environment.

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    21December 2022

    The 2022 Yearbook of European Security provides an overview of events in 2021 that were significant for European security. The book charts major developments in the EU’s external action and security and defence policy.

  • 13December 2022

    Senior Analyst Jan Joel Andersson participated in a conference organised by FRONTEX on "Managing the European External Borders Between War and Peace".

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    15November 2022

    On 15 November, in cooperation with the EUISS, the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European External Action Service (EEAS), organised an expert workshop on the Concept on EU Peace Mediation.

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    09November 2022

    On 9 November, the EUISS and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) co-organised a Research Policy Dialogue on EU support to security and justice actors and its practical implications in contested governance settings.