Together with CEPS we have set up a project to explore how best to harmonise the EU’s Strategic Compass with NATO’s Strategic Concept in a fashion that contributes to stabilising the pan-European security system and enhances the strategic autonomy of the European Union. In this aim we have brought together a coalition of researchers who aim to ‘square the triangle’ of deeper NATO-EU cooperation, greater EU strategic autonomy, and the stability of the wider Euro-Atlantic security space. While all three of these things were once thought to be desirable and simultaneously possible, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought the choices facing Americans and Europeans into starker contrast. It may be that, for the foreseeable future, pursuing one or two of these goals precludes achieving the third, at least to a significant extent. This intellectual exercise therefore highlights some of the tensions between the short- and long-term policy imperatives facing the transatlantic community.
During the project policy recommendations will be developed with regards to the Russian attack on Ukraine as a watershed moment for European Foreign and Security Policy; to the shape of the European security architecture after the war in Ukraine and with regards to the future of the transatlantic security partnership.
This project is taking place against the backgrop of a similar project of the colleagues of CEPS and FES ROCPE on trends in the world’s mega region’s, mainly Asia-Pacific: https://www.ceps.eu/ceps-projects/mega-regions-and-european-security/
Zachary Paikin, Researcher (EU Foreign Policy unit), CEPS
Sidonie Wetzig, Policy Officer (Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence), FES Brussels
For more information, please contact Sidonie.Wetzig(at)fes.de.