12 Jul 2012

The EU’s re-engagement as a security actor: Fresh start or still sleepwalking?

Giovanni Faleg / Steven Blockmans

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By the end of the summer, the EU will launch new crisis management missions in the Horn of Africa, Niger and South Sudan. In this CEPS Commentary, Giovanni Faleg and Steven Blockmans question whether the new deployments will revive the EU’s persona as a global security actor. The authors point out that, without the backing of a comprehensive security strategy rationale, the EU’s re-engagement as a crisis manager that opts for small-scale operations will be seen as a continuation of its sleepwalking through a changing geostrategic landscape.

Giovanni Faleg is a Visiting Researcher at CEPS and a PhD Candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Steven Blockmans is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the EU Foreign Policy Unit at CEPS.