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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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    12October 2022

    On 12 October 2022, to follow up on this agenda, the EUISS in collaboration with culture Solutions organised an expert roundtable on the EU’s approach to Cultural Heritage Protection in Conflict and Crises in Brussels

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    27September 2022

    On 27 September, the EUISS and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union co-organised an event to deepen the cyber resilience cooperation of the EU and the Western Balkans partners. 

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    01June 2022
    This Brief presents an overview of EU sanctions policy, the rationales guiding their imposition and the expected impacts, focusing on the two types of situations in which the EU usually applies its measures: violent conflict and democratic backsliding.
  • 05April 2022

    The purpose of this workshop was to identify the junctions between the fields of cybersecurity and information manipulation in order to better understand the underpinning challenges for the policymakers and propose potential solutions.

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    31January 2022

    What are cyber crisis and how best to manage them at regional and multilateral level? This was the question explored at our online workshop with the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR).

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    28January 2022
    The energy crisis that engulfed Europe in 2021 continues to be a major source of concern. This Brief looks at the causes of the crisis, analyses its impacts and proposes strategic responses to enhance the EU’s resilience to energy market volatility as it pursues its ambitious decarbonisation strategy.
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    19January 2022

    Yana Popkostova gave a talk to EEAS officials on the topic 'The geopolitics of climate and energy: is the EU prepared?'.

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    07December 2021

    Yana Popkostova attended the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, where she moderated a workshop on the impact of demography and climate change in the continent.

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    19November 2021
    Of risk and readiness

    This Chaillot Paper shows that successfully tackling climate change in MENA will depend on decisions taken both in the region and outside. Assisting the Arab world in meeting the challenges posed by climate change will be a matter of strategic importance for Europe.

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    27October 2021
    The traditionally secretive and unregulated nature of the art market makes it uniquely exposed to financial crime and the trafficking of cultural artefacts. This Brief examines how organised crime groups take advantage of the inherent opacity of the art market to fund their illicit activities.

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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

    On 18 June 2021, EUISS and the International Peace Institute hosted a virtual workshop on the priorities for 2022-2024 of the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on peace operations and crisis management.

  • 18May 2021

    On 18 May 2021, Giovanni Faleg participated to the international conference “Hybrid threats in the context of European security" organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the National Defence Institute and the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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    17May 2021

    On 17 May 2021, the EUISS in cooperation with the External Action Service (EEAS) and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, held a scenario-based discussion with EU Member States and international partners. The discussion, the first of its kind, focused on how to address international security challenges related to cyberspace.

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    10May 2021

    Co-organised by the EU Institute for Security Studies and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this virtual consultation explored the link between the stability of the cyber domain and international security, and consider how the EU and African partners can cooperate on a strategic security agenda fit for the digital age.

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    14April 2021

    On 14 April 2021, the EU Cyber Direct project, together with Chatham House’s International Security Programme (ISP), organised a series of interactive online sessions to discuss the role of civil society organisations in the fight against cybercrime. 

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    13April 2021

    This virtual track 1.5 consultation between the European Union and African partners explored what concrete initiatives and actions the EU and Africa could develop in order to strengthen their cooperation in cyberspace while building better partnerships at national, regional and multilateral levels.

  • 26March 2021

    In this new miniseries we look at past expectations that turned out to be untrue and try to learn from past mistakes.

  • 05November 2020

    Daniel Fiott served as a panel speaker at an expert workshop organised by the European Commission.

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