Written ahead of Globsec 2014, this Policy Brief outlines the history of security and defence cooperation between the EU, NATO and Ukraine. Composed shortly after the tragic events in Odessa and before the election of President Poroshenko, the report advocates security cooperation as a direct response to the ongoing challenges in Ukraine. Though much has happened since May, the key difficulties remain the same: how to win the war in the East without driving more Ukrainian territory into Russian hands and without risking outright Civil War. The setting of June 27th as a date for signing the Association Agreement with the EU is welcome development but the tangible benefits of cooperation must be emphasized. Russia’s latest move has involved the cutting off of gas supplies to Ukraine, this may signal a new escalation of the conflict. The EU and NATO need to be ready and willing to come to Ukraine’s assistance should this happen. To read the article, click here.
Ukraine, EU, and NATO: Prospects for Defence Cooperation