The European Union Response to Regional Conflicts
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The European Union EU is a major power on the international scene. Firmly committed to fostering stability and security, it has conceived a creative mixture of civilian and military resources to deal with regional crises using a holistic approach. Throughout the time which has passed since the EU Common Security and Defense was created, EU capabilities in security and defense have improved progressively and become rooted, permitting the EU to carry out more that 25 missions on three continents. The EU s main strength as an actor in conflict resolution relies on a diverse array of tools, normally not accessible to other countries and multinational organizations. The EU s main weaknesses include the difficulty to build consensus between Member States and its incapacity to act quickly and with cohesion. In order to become a real global actor in the security and defense arena the EU must properly improve its aspirations, which should include stronger strategic guidance, policy consistency, credible civilian and military resources, solid political will and a common level of aspiration.
- Government and Political Science