The role of the European Union as a collective actor in international peace and security has yet to be fully understood and defined. The evolving Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and enlargement of duties of the EU High Representative through the Lisbon Treaty, have signaled the regional bloc’s interest to engage more broadly in world affairs. But this declaratory intent must be weighed against examples of its security governance practices, and its ability to marshal the collective efforts of its member states in a context of challenged and changing multilateralism. The EU-GRASP project (EU as a Global - Regional Actor in Security and Peace) aims to develop significant policy-oriented research on new directions for EU foreign policy making, and focuses on six security issues that are high on the EU-agenda: regional conflict, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, energy security and climate change; human rights and migration. The project’s members have undertaken detailed case studies and will, in the remaining year of the project, develop scenarios of future roles of the EU in global and regional security matters. This roundtable will highlight project findings in some of these key areas, and will offer discussion on its relevance to Canadian international policy.
Moderator: Leigh Sarty Director, Institutions, Policy and Operations, Europe and Eurasia Bureau, DFAIT
Panelists: Luk van Langenhove, Director, UNU-CRIS
Lorenzo Fioramonti, Research Fellow, Forum on the Problems of Peace and War
Emmanuel Fanta, Researcher, UNU-CRIS
Paul Heinbecker, Distinguished Fellow, CIGI
Presented in partnership with EU-GRASP and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.
CIGI is a partner in the EU GRASP (The EU as a Global-Regional Actor in Security and Peace): http://www.cigionline.org/project/eu-grasp / http://www.eugrasp.eu