Chun, Kwang Ho
The Future of Common Security and Defence Policy in Europe.
Journal of European Studies, 15
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There is considerable debate regarding progress made thus far on the European Security Strategy and the Common Security and Defence Policy and significantly, whether a strategic culture is emerging within the European security domain. This paper considers this latter question in depth, looking firstly at what a strategic culture actually is and why it is important. It then attempts to measure whether convergence towards a strategic culture is happening in Europe via analysis against 5 norms and whether this links to Europe`s desire to become a global security actor. It then considers both to what extent Europe is already such an actor and what it can do in the future to develop its position further. It concludes that whilst an approximation of a strategic culture is emerging as there is currently goodwill amongst the principal participating nations, there remains considerable work to do to consolidate it and drive the EU forward in a focussed manner towards a more defined and significant world role.