Strategic Security


In 2001 the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) joined forces and launched a new forum on European security policy in Brussels. The objective of this European Security Forum was to bring together senior officials and experts from EU and Euro-Atlantic Partnership countries, including the United States and Russia, to discuss security issues of strategic importance to Europe. The forum was jointly directed by CEPS and IISS and later joined by DCAF and the GCSP and hosted by CEPS in Brussels. It held its 34th and last meeting in March  2010.

This section builds on the achievements of the ESF and aims to think ahead about the strategic security agenda for Europe, treating both its European and transatlantic implications and addresses issues such as crisis management, defence capabilities, security concepts, defence industries and institutional (including enlargement) developments of the EU and NATO. Security is considered in a wide sense, ’soft’ and ’hard’.

Key Publications

Readings in European Security, Vol. 5 (2009)
Readings in European Security, Vol. 4 (2007)
Readings in European Security, Vol. 3 (2005)
Readings in European Security, Vol. 2 (2004)
Readings in European Security, Vol. 1 (2002)


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