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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.

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  • Image featuring the title of the meeting - © EUISS
    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.

  • 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.

  • 08November 2022

    On 8 November, Jan Joel Andersson took part in the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) CSDP Orientation Course in Brussels. 

  • 08November 2022

    On 8 November, Jan Joel Andersson spoke at the seventh annual Stockholm Security Conference which was dedicated to “Trends of Conflict and Warfare in the 21st Century: Effects and Impact of the War in Ukraine”.

  • Black and black photo of Dr Andersson
    24October 2022

    The Institute is glad to welcome Dr. Andersson as the new Senior Analyst in charge of the Common Security and Defence Policy portfolio.

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    06September 2022

    On 6 September 2022, the EUISS and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence hosted an expert round-table on military mobility in The Hague. 

  • 05July 2022

    The EUISS and the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) co-organised an event on the Cybersecurity of 5G networks in Brussels.

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