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The EU’s global role [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

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As foreseen in the European Union’s updated global strategy, the Union aims to play a stronger role in international affairs and conflict resolution, to reinforce a rules-based global order in an increasingly complex world and to better coordinate internal and external actions to bolster security and defence.

The document, entitled “Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe“, was presented in June by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. It seeks to make the Union more “credible, responsive and joined-up.” Faced with growing instability in its neighbourhood and internal crises, the strategy envisages boosting EU efforts on defence, cyber-security, counter-terrorism, energy security and strategic communications.

This note offers links to recent commentaries and studies  from major international think on the EU’s global strategy and related issues. More papers on the same topic can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’, published in May.

European Strategy in times of geopolitical interdependence
Fundacion Real Instituto Elcano, September 2016

The EU’s joined-up approach to security
Clingendael, September 2016

Les intérêts stratégiques de l’Union européenne
Fondation Robert Schuman, September 2016

EU Global Strategy: From design to implementation
Clingendael, August 2016

The Global Strategy for the EU’s foreign and security policy
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, August 2016

Rethinking international institutions: Diplomacy and impact on emerging world order
Clingendael, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, August 2016

EU global strategy under threat from division at home
European Council on Foreign Relations, August 2016

A global strategy for a soul-searching European Union
European Policy Centre, July 2016

The EU Global Strategy: From effective multilateralism to global governance that works?
Egmont, July 2016

After the EUGS: Specifying the military tasks
European Union Institute for Security Studies, July 2016

After the EUGS: Mainstreaming a new CSDP
European Union Institute for Security Studies, July 2016

After the EUGS: Connecting the dots
European Union Institute for Security Studies, July 2016

The EU Global Strategy and defense: Ambitious but credible?
Carnegie Europe, July 2016

Implications of the EU Global Strategy for the Middle East and North Africa
Istituto Affari Internazionali, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, July 2016

The EU Global Strategy in the shadow of Brexit
Carnegie Europe, July 2016

Going global, targeting the home front
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige, July 2016

The EU Global Strategy, a triumph of hope over experience
Carnegie Europe, July 2016

The EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy: A Short guide for the perplexed
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, July 2016

The EU’s New Global Strategy: Useful or pointless?
Carnegie Europe, July 2016

The EU Global Strategy: Going beyond effective multilateralism?
European Policy Centre, Egmont, June 2016

A new strategy: Implications for CSDP
Clingendael, June 2016

The EU Global Strategy: Realpolitik with European characteristics
Egmont, June 2016

The new great game: An opportunity for the EU’s Common and Foreign Security Policy
European Institute for Asian Studies, June 2016

A global strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy
European Union Institute for Security Studies, June 2016

A new EU strategic approach to global development, resilience and sustainability
Istituto Affari Internazionali, European Centre for Development Policy Management, May 2016

Global complexity: Intersection of chessboard and web trends
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, May 2016

Embedding NATO into the European Union Global Strategy: the missing link?
EUROPEUM, May 2016

European Union in the World 2025: Scenarios for External Relations
Dahrendorf Forum, May 2016

A global strategy for a global player? Shaping the EU’s role in the world
College of Europe, April 2016

Related publications:

Strengthening the EU’s External Action: The need for an EU food diplomacy?
Istituto Affari Internazionali, July 2016

The long road for rising democracies and democracy support
Carnegie Europe, July 2016

Effective minilateralism for the EU: What, when and how
European Union Institute for Security Studies, June 2016

2016 Security Jam: Beyond conventional security challenges
Friends of Europe, June 2016

Oil price volatility and the implications for European Foreign and Security Policy
Istituto Affari Internazionali, June 2016

EU foreign policy in a changing climate: A climate and energy strategy for Europe’s long-term security
E3G, June 2016

European security: A defining moment?
Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, June 2016

Absorb and conquer: An EU approach to Russian and Chinese integration in Eurasia
European Council on Foreign Relations, May 2016

The return of geopolitics to Southeast Europe
Institute for Development and International Relations, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, May 2016

Russia: A test for Transatlantic unity
Transatlantic Academy, German Marshall Fund of the United States, May 2016



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