28 Jan 2013

Castles in the Sand: Mali and the demise of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy

Giovanni Faleg

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The threat posed by the crisis in Mali is direct, multidimensional and without regard to geographical proximity or historical and colonial heritage, writes Giovanni Faleg. France’s solitary intervention in Mali and the EU’s absence there raise two important questions for the future of the EU’s supposedly ‘Common’ Security and Defence Policy. The first has to do with the crisis itself; its nature and the threat posed by the terrorist groups and militias that are being countered by French armed forces. The second concerns the causes and implications of yet another example of the EU’s inability to take responsibility for security matters in its neighbourhood and beyond.

Giovanni Faleg is a Visiting Researcher at CEPS and Research Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI).