Russia’s attack on Ukraine has sent shockwaves across Europe and the world. While the current war is a geopolitical turning point, it remains unclear whether it will trigger a quantum leap forward for European defence policies and for the role of the European Union as a security provider.
This Report investigates whether we can expect a further convergence of European strategic cultures, and on collaboration among Europeans to generate the required military capabilities and integrate their forces. Most importantly, it finds that the timely implementation of the EU’s Strategic Compass will be a decisive test to establish whether Europeans are rising to the challenge of taking more responsibility for their security and defence.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Paolo Magri
1. EU Security and Defence Policy in a Volatile Context, Serena Giusti - ISPI and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
2. A Watershed Moment? European Defence and the War in Ukraine, Fabrizio Coticchia - University of Genoa
3. EU Defence: Joint Capability Development, Andrea Locatelli - Catholic University of Milan
4. The EU’s Role in Security and Defence: Still Indispensable, Sven Biscop - Egmont, Royal Institute for International Relations and Ghent University
5. The EU-Nato Partnership, Nicolò Fasola, Sonia Lucarelli - University of Bologna
6. A Zeitenwende in Cyber Security and Defence?, Antonio Missiroli - NATO
7. Rethinking the EU’s Approach to Space: The Case of Security and Defence, Daniel Fiott - Brussels School of Governance
Conclusions. European Defence: Quantum Leap or Limbo?, Giovanni Grevi - Brussels School of Governance and ISPI