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February 23, 2015

CLA Building, Glickman Center 1.302E

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Panel A: Institutions and Actors in the ESA

Panel B: European Foreign Policy

Panel C: Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Small States and Turkey in European Security

The conventional wisdom about the provision of security on the European continent is out of date. As the crisis in Ukraine has shown, European security has become ever more intertwined with other aspects of foreign policy, rendering “pure” security problems extinct. Through a set of papers that focus on the main security organizations (the EU, NATO, and the OSCE), states that research has neglected (small states and Turkey) as well as non-state actors within the European security sphere, this workshop makes the point that in the post-Cold War era, Europe’s security concerns have broadened considerably, going beyond traditional military threats. This, in turn, has led the organizations that make up Europe’s security architecture to enlarge their scope of responsibilities: they must now react to a wide range of external challenges across the security spectrum. As a result, a new security space has emerged in Europe, one we call the European Foreign and Security Policy Architecture (EFSPA). The common theme running through all the papers is that the EU is a "catalyst" in this new comprehensive interpretation of European security. It cannot respond to all the political and security challenges of the continent on its own, but it is the only organization that can conceive of new threats holistically, and ensure that the many European security organizations respond to them in the most efficient way possible.

For more information including schedule, list of participants and link to register, please visit the website. 
Please note that registration is free and the conference is open to the public.


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