NATO vs. European Security and Defence Policy: Divergent Concepts of Security

Josifovic, Ivica and Keskoski, Zlatko (2015) NATO vs. European Security and Defence Policy: Divergent Concepts of Security. In: International Scientific Conference: Researching security - approaches, concepts and policies. (Submitted)

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Since 1999 when it began the process of establishing the European Security and Defence Policy as an operating part of the Common Foreign and Security Policy many problems and issues have emerged, but also the need for cooperation with NATO. The EU through the ESDP has obtained the possibility for undertaking autonomous actions, but only by the requirement of "separable but not separate" capabilities. This paper aims to elaborate the problems that appear on the international scene during the undertaking of operations and the participation of NATO and EU member-states. Operations undertaken solely by the EU through ESDP with participation of NATO member-states, create difficulties in decision-making and cooperation, and thus interfere in the way the two organizations understands the concept of security. Further problems arose by the (un)necessary duplication of existing efforts and abilities, spending resources and the creation of a second set of military capabilities, as NATO and EU do not possess identical abilities, but rely on national contributions. For this purpose, the paper determines and elaborates five factors that affect the relationship between NATO and the EU/ESDP, as well as the development of mutual consultation and cooperation for the purpose of improving the relations. The conclusion includes proposals for solving mutual problems by answering several questions. Future actions of the two organizations, although they should act as joint venture partners for the maintenance of international peace and stability, will face with problems and deficiencies in cooperation, because of the different perceptions of the concept of security.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Ivica Josifovik
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2016 08:27
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 08:27

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