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Europe in a ‘NATO light’ world - Building affordable and credible defense for the EU
Atlantisch Perspectief - Opinieblad over Veiligheidszaken en Internationale Betrekkingen (2013)
  • Jan Kallberg, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Adam Lowther
Abstract

From an outsider’s perspective, the Common Security and Defense Policy and the efforts of the European Defense Agency are insufficient to provide Europe with the defense it will require in coming decades. While the European Union—particularly the members of the European Monetary Union—struggle to solve prolonged fiscal challenges, viable European security alternatives to an American-dominated security architecture are conspicuously absent from the documents and discussions that are coming from the European Council and at a time when the United States is engaged in an Asia-Pacific pivot. This is not to say that no thought has been given to defense issues. The EU has a bevy of policies, strategies, and statements relating to foreign and defense policy, but they are woefully inadequate—particularly in the face of a challenge from a great power or superpower. Both the European Council and European Parliament would be wise to give greater depth to concrete actions that address a range of tough questions regarding the future of European security. These questions include: how can Europe defend itself in a post-NATO or ‘NATO light’ world? With what type of overarching military organization might the European Union go to war? More fundamentally, might EU members find themselves in ‘self help’ circumstances should war come to them?

Keywords
  • NATO,
  • deterrence,
  • austerity,
  • sequestration,
  • military,
  • armed forces,
  • cyber defense,
  • nuclear,
  • nukes
Publication Date
Winter January 10, 2013
Citation Information
Jan Kallberg and Adam Lowther. "Europe in a ‘NATO light’ world - Building affordable and credible defense for the EU" Atlantisch Perspectief - Opinieblad over Veiligheidszaken en Internationale Betrekkingen Vol. 1 Iss. 2013 (2013)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/jan_kallberg/6/