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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.






  • HRVP Borrell speaking in front of audience ©EUISS
    11June 2024

    In the wake of the European parliamentary elections, the conference discussed the strategic options and choices facing the EU.

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    30May 2024

    This LinkedinLive event explored the concept of "contestation", the new dynamic driving global politics. Available to re-watch.

  • Director Steven Everts speaking on stage in from of banner with name of the event
    29May 2024

    The Institute was actively involved in the second edition of the Schuman Forum, hosting a think tank event with the participation of policy experts from think tanks and academia from around the world.

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    17May 2024

    On May 17, the CFI project hosted the Countering Foreign Interference (CFI) Network meeting, bringing together the Brussels-based Community of Practice focused on tackling Foreign Information and Manipulation Interference (FIMI) within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

  • 13March 2024

    Successes, challenges and the future: an afternoon debriefing the EU CSDP military missions and operations.

  • 08January 2024

    2023 marked another successful year for the Institute's research. Here we look back at our most popular publications from last year on wide-ranging topics including European defence partnerships, EU strategy towards the Maghreb, and a maps-only volume on the future of AU-EU relations. 

  • 12December 2023

    On 12 December, the EUISS and the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU organised a seminar to discuss both internal and external dimensions of the climate change and defence nexus, and how we can adapt base infrastructure, force employment, and scenario planning for the future. 

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    29November 2023

    On 29 November, the Institute organised a seminar that brought together representatives from EU Member States, EU institutions and various experts from academia, think tanks and industry to discuss the European defence industry.

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    15September 2023

    On 15 September, the EUISS and the Council of the European Union Library co-organised an event presenting the 2023 Yearbook of European Security. 

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    28June 2023

    On 28 June, the EUISS together with the EU Task Force on Security Sector Reform hosted an expert roundtable on ‘The EU’s Approach to Security Sector Reform Amidst Shifting Geopolitics’.