Online Event: “European Defence & Security”, September 29-October 1 (College of Europe, Bruges)

An ever changing international stage and new threats such as cyber-attacks, climate change, hybrid threats, global terrorism, etc. call for more integrated mechanisms and strategic autonomy. This course is a unique opportunity to get a thorough understanding and practical approach of how the EU is trying to address and prioritise this key topic.

The programme will analyse how the EU is boosting its ambitions, efforts and tools to address rapidly evolving security challenges both within the EU and outside its borders. We will start from a wider international and historical context and explain how the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) was shaped as we know it now while paying a special attention to the institutional mechanisms and decision-making processes. Then, we will have a closer look at the current state of play and how the EU is currently acting on the defence and security front (talking about EU military and civilian missions and operations abroad as well as key cooperation tools and initiatives between Member States). Later, we will learn and discuss how the EU is building its resilience by facing new global security threats and challenges (in particular, with regard to climate change and cyberthreats). We will finish the programme by looking at geopolitical challenges as well as defence cooperation and partnerships and discuss where the EU is heading and what are the key EU priorities and plans in the field of security and defence for the years to come.

By sharing experiences and insights with academics, practitioners and their peers, participants will receive a complete understanding of the CSDP.

Learn more here.