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Transnational challenges

There is a growing overlap between the EU’s internal and external security problems. Terrorism, organised crime and unregulated migration not only pose a threat to European internal security, but also have a serious impact on the stability of Europe’s immediate neighbourhood. Very often, they find their roots in conflicts and instability further abroad in Africa or Asia.

For some time, the European Union has been active in international debates on the governance of these challenges, and has created new policy instruments of its own. Already in the early 1990s, the EU successfully linked its home-affairs priorities with its Common Foreign and Security Policy. The 2015 migration crisis showed the limits of that approach, and has sparked a new wave of reforms.

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  • Download Brief
    20October 2021
    The extraterritorial reach of US unilateral sanctions creates both economic and political difficulties for the EU, impinging upon European strategic autonomy. This Brief examines those challenges and explores steps that could be taken to address the situation.
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    06October 2021
    In the past two years the Chinese government, which has long pursued a security-centred approach to data, has been defining its own data governance regime. This Brief aims to shed light on China’s approach to data governance and outlines the challenges that it presents for EU governments and companies, particularly with regard to the risk of data protectionism.
  • Report
    23September 2021

    This report identifies four trends in cyber capacity building and extrapolates their development to explore four potential scenarios that can inform capacity builders’ strategic decision making.

  • 20September 2021

    On 23 September, the EUISS hosted an online discussion about global trends and scenarios for global cyber capacity building cooperation.

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    13September 2021
    The environmental impact of digital consumption and new technologies calls for globally sustainable data practices. This Brief argues that embracing ‘green digital diplomacy’ represents a strategic opportunity for the EU’s foreign and security policy to exercise influence in an era of geopolitical rivalry and trade tensions.
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    02September 2021

    On 3 September, the EUISS in cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union co-organised Cybersecurity Conference in Bled.

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    09July 2021

    The course was designed to support colleagues in EU headquarters and delegations improve their skills in the identification and formulation of new external cyber capacity building projects.

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    09July 2021

    On 9 July 2021, the French Permanent Representation to the European Union organised a webinar on cyberspace with the support of the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).

  • 21June 2021

    On 21 June, EUISS Senior Analyst Giovanni Faleg participated in the meeting of the EU Council's Horizontal Working Party on Enhancing Resilience and Countering Hybrid Threats. Dr Faleg discussed how civilian CSDP missions can better contribute to address, and be protected from hybrid threats. The initiative was supported by the Portuguese Presidency of the EU.

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    18June 2021
    Preparing for a hotter, increasingly digital and fragmented 2030

    Looking ahead to the horizon of 2030, this Chaillot Paper analyses the need for a conflict prevention approach in the face of three megatrends that will have far-reaching global repercussions.

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