20 November, 2013 – 09:00 to 11:00

Policy debate with Dr Kenneth McDonagh, Lecturer in International Relations, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Visiting Fellow at Central European Policy Institute

It’s been 10 years since the EU published its Security Strategy ‘A Secure Europe in a better world’. Since then the EU has expanded from 15 to 28 member states; a wave of regime change has swept across North Africa; with military action in Georgia Russia has asserted itself in military action outside of its territory for the first time since Afghanistan in the 1980’s; the US has scaled back its military ambitions and shifted its geopolitical focus to the Pacific and the transatlantic relationship has been further destabilised by the revelations of the extent to which the US has spied on EU leaders. Finally, if the EU, as seems likely, signs an Association Agreement with Ukraine and initials similar agreements with Moldova and Georgia, this move will bring EU influence directly into what Russia sees as its own back yard. Although the EU has been at pains to argue that the Association Agreements are not ‘Anti-Russia’, Russia remains sceptical. A new strategic response is required as the world at large and the EU have been fundamentally transformed.

The key question for the summit is how can the tools developed as part of the CSDP and as a result of the institutional changes enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty best be adapted to this transformed geopolitical landscape. When the EU leaders meet at the December Summit, the CSDP will be the focus of their discussions for the first time since 2008.  The expectations ahead of the summit are low. In a time of austerity and integration fatigue, what kind of security actor does the EU want to be and how much is it willing to pay for it? Can the summit produce clear and tangible objectives in either policy or defence procurement?

This seminar will discuss the challenges facing the CSDP, from austerity to external risks to differences among the member-states, and the likely outcomes of the summit.

Wednesday 20th November 2013 from 09:00 to 10:30

Central European Policy Institute, Klariská 14, Bratislava