European View

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 153–160 | Cite as

It is time for strategic rethinking

  • Monika Panayotova


It is time for Europe to undertake a major strategic rethink in the field of security and defence. The article looks at why this is the case and makes recommendations and conclusions on three key elements for EU consideration: the new challenges and the complex nature of security threats faced by the Common Foreign and Security Policy and the Common Security and Defence Policy, the new policy environment and legal framework after 2009, and the need for a new or an updated European security strategy. The paper also shows the relevance of those recommendations and conclusions to the Ukrainian crisis.


Rethinking Security Threats and challenges Strategy Ukraine Eastern Partnership Common Security and Defence Policy Common Foreign and Security Policy 


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© Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European ParliamentBrusselsBelgium

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