The EU’s common security and defence policy and its relevance in Asia |

The EU’s common security and defence policy and its relevance in Asia


In the early 1990s the Europeans were unable to deal with the conflicts linked to the disintegration of Yugoslavia. However, since then the European Union (EU) has become a more capable, coherent and strategic global actor. Based on the Amsterdam Treaty of 1999, the European Security Strategy of 2003 and the Lisbon Treaty of 2009 the EU increasingly mobilises the different tools at its disposal (political, diplomatic, military and civilian, trade, development and humanitarian aid). The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is an essential element of this comprehensive approach aimed at achieving the EU’s objectives. Under CSDP the EU is able to deploy civilian, military and civil-military missions/operations outside the EU to provide a variety of military and civilian expertise such as improving maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean, strengthening the institutions of Somalia, improving the capacities of security forces in Sahel to fight terrorism and organized crime, monitoring of peace agreements, as well as mentoring and advising of ministries, police, customs and border authorities. Since 2003 a total of 28 civilian and military operations have been deployed on three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia) and more than 80,000 personnel (soldiers, policemen, judges and prosecutors) have participated so far. CSDP missions and operations bring together classic peacekeeping with state-building and stabilization.

This talk will aim to give some answers to the following questions: Why has the EU developed a common security and defence policy and how does it function? Which operations and missions have been conducted and which are on-going? What are the characteristics of CSDP? Why is CSDP also relevant in Asia?

In light of the 2013-2017 ASEAN-EU Action Plan, the EU’s membership of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the EU’s recent accession to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) the speaker will address the above mentioned questions and highlight the 2005-2006 Aceh Monitoring Mission (in which five Asian states, including Singapore, also participated) and the on-going anti-piracy maritime operation ATALANTA off the coast of Somalia.

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Mr. Michael Matthiessen, EU Visiting Fellow 2012-2013, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Tuesday, 16 April 2013
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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