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Allies, Partners, and Rivals – And European Strategic Autonomy?


February 21, 2017
Wil Washcoe Auditorium
Open to the General Public

Not only has US President Trump declared NATO to be obsolete, he has also welcomed the Brexit and expressed the hope that more EU Member States would follow the British example. With an ally like that, the European Union doesn’t need enemies. Unfortunately, plenty of actors see themselves as rivals of the EU as they are seeking to control markets, territories, and resources. But perhaps new partnerships can be imagined as well. When the strategies of the great powers as well as the balance of power between them are shifting, creative strategic thinking on Europe’s part is called for. With great foresight, High Representative Federica Mogherini wrote a call for strategic autonomy into the June 2016 EU Global Strategy. But do all Europeans have the same understanding of what EU strategic autonomy means? Which ends can the EU realistically aspire to, can it achieve strategic autonomy in doing so, and who can be its partners?



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