EPRS Strategy By / November 11, 2015

NATO, EU and security in Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and turbulence in the Middle East have reawakened concern about Europe’s security,…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski
NATO, EU and security in Europe (What Think Tanks are thinking)
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Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and turbulence in the Middle East have reawakened concern about Europe’s security, fuelling a debate about its defence capabilities, the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its relations with the European Union.

NATO and the EU, sharing values, strategic interests, and a majority of members, cooperate on issues of common interest and work together in crisis management. The principles of the cooperation were set out in the December 2002 NATO-EU Declaration and the Berlin plus agreements, which allow the EU to use some of NATO’s military assets in its peacekeeping operations.

This note highlights a selection of recent studies and reports by some of the major international think tanks and research institutes on EU-NATO relations and, more generally on the role of NATO.

The politics of 2 percent: NATO and the security vacuum in Europe Carnegie Europe, September 2015

Prospects for security on the European continent College of Europe, August 2015

New threats, new EU and NATO responses Clingendael, July 2015

Still a “strategic” EU–NATO partnership? Bridging governance challenges through practical cooperation

Polish Institute of International Relations, Norwegian Institute of International Relations, June 2015

European defense planning and the Ukraine crisis: Two contrasting views

Institut français des relations internationales, June 2015

Permanent Structured Cooperation: The sleeping beauty of European defence

Groupe de Recherche et d’Information sur la Paix et la Sécurité, May 2015

Putin has brought the EU and NATO together Friends of Europe, May 2015

More Union in European Defence Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2015

EU and NATO’s role in tackling energy security and state capture risks in Europe

Center for the Study of Democracy, February 2015

A weak link? Germany in the Euro-Atlantic security system

Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich, January 2015

Improving cyber security: NATO and the EU International Centre for Defence Studies, September 2014

NATO narrows military gap on its eastern flank Polish Institute of International Affairs, September 2014

NATO’s two percent illusion – Germany needs to encourage greater efficiency within the alliance

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, August 2014


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