Past event

Invitation Only

European Security and Defence: Lessons from the Last Decade

Chatham House, London

International Security Department, European Security and Defence Forum

Event documents

Workshop Report - Raffaello Pantucci
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Workshop Summary - European Security and Defence: Lessons from the Last Decade
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The past decade has witnessed a number of trends which have prompted national and European wide reassessments of defence and security policy. The terrorist attacks on the US in 2001, the intervention in Afghanistan, the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East and the subsequent crisis in Libya have all generated new questions about Europe’s role and capabilities in security and defence cooperation. This has been compounded by an international fiscal crisis which has resulted in long-term constraints in defence spending. Moreover, the European Union (EU) has experienced a growth in member states with an impact on its priorities and capabilities.
Yet what lessons have been identified from this period and what - if any - lessons have been learned? What are the new trends in security and defence and how have European approaches to security issues changed? Has Europe seen the death of liberal interventionism? Has bilateral or group cooperation replaced EU structures and agreements? And what does the financial crisis mean for the resourcing of defence in Europe.
This event, organised in conjunction with Istituto Affari Internazionali and Finmeccanica, is part of the European Security and Defence Forum. It is designed to move beyond a retrospective reflection to look at how recent successes and failures can inform future policy and cooperation at a European level.
Attendance is by invitation only.