The European Security Strategy

Towards a grand strategy?

Authored by: Sven Biscop


Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415588287
eBook ISBN: 9780203098417
Adobe ISBN: 9781136226953


 Download Chapter



On 12 December 2003 the European Council adopted the European Security Strategy (ESS), sub-titled A Secure Europe in a Better World, the first-ever strategic document addressing EU external action in the broadest sense and therefore key to understanding the Union’s role in security. 1 Starting from an analysis of what constitutes the core of the ESS, this chapter will argue that although it represents a milestone, it is not the alpha and omega of European strategic thinking. For it to function as a fully-fledged grand strategy, it needs to be completed and EU strategic thinking needs to be deepened, particularly in the area of security and defence.

Search for more...
Back to top

Use of cookies on this website

We are using cookies to provide statistics that help us give you the best experience of our site. You can find out more in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.