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CSDP after the Crimea

Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 - 16:00
Online event
Institute for European Studies

Russia's annexation of Crimea has raised some key questions about European security. EU member states had become used to planning for and participating in crisis management operations, while the question of conventional deterrence and territorial defence was, in the absence of any credible threats to the continent, largely left to linger in the background. Russia's antics in Ukraine have yet again pushed conventional deterrence back into the spotlight. NATO, as the primary and only serious guarantor of territorial defence in Europe, has also moved centre stage once more. While one of the major questions is how Europeans can balance the joint tasks of crisis management and conventional deterrence, there is also a debate to be had about the shape and relevance of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in light of Russia's actions. Do the joint tasks of crisis management and conventional deterrence point to a division of labour between the EU and NATO, with the EU taking up the crisis management baton so as to allow NATO to concentrate more directly on deterrence? Or, are Russia's actions - rather than the Libya crisis of 2011 - the true death knell of the CSDP? How is Russia's resurgence likely to impact CSDP in the long-term?


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This virtual round table is part of the bigger series of 6 virtual round tables. Read more about the Diplomacy in Action Virtual Round Table Series!