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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.






  • 14 December 2018

    On 14 December 2018, the EUISS co-organised the EU-China Informal Security Dialogue in Beijing, together with the External Action Service (EEAS), the International College of Defence Studies (ICDS) of the China National Defence University and the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of the Renmin University of China (RDCY).

  • 13 December 2018

    On 13 December 2018, the EUISS and the NATO Defence College (NDC) coorganised a roundtable with the purpose of discussing recent developments in the EU-NATO partnership.

  • 11 December 2018

    The Copernicus Service in Support to EU External Action (SEA), organised a workshop in collaboration with the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the EUISS in Paris.

  • 06 December 2018

    On 5-6 December 2018, the EUISS held its Annual Conference focussed on strategic autonomy in Brussels.

  • 21 November 2018

    The EUISS, the Direction Générale des Relations Internationales et de la Stratégie (DGRIS) and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU organised a seminar focusing on the future of EU defence in Paris.

  • 11 October 2018

    On 11 October 2018, Daniel Fiott presented a study on ‘European Armaments Standardisation’ to the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) at the European Parliament.

  • 03 October 2018

    On 3 October 2018, the EUISS, Clingendael and CNAS organised a roundtable to shed light on recent developments in European and global security and their impact on transatlantic relations.

  • 03 October 2018

    On 3 October 2018, an event jointly organised by the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration, and Foreign Affairs and the EUISS was held in Vienna.

  • 02 October 2018

    Daniel Fiott served as panel moderator at a high-level symposium in Vienna. The conference was co-organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Commission and the EDA.

  • 13 June 2018

    On 13 June 2018, the EUISS, the Direction générale des relations internationales et de la stratégie (DGRIS) and the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU organised a seminar focusing on EU security and defence.