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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.






  • 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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    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.

  • 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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    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

    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.