The ESDP: Its Impact on the EU as an Actor in International Security
Abstract: This paper is an examination of the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) and its impact on the EU as an actor in international security. The ESDP, far from being irrelevant, allows the EU to assume a meaningful role in the areas of civilian and military crisis management, albeit on a smaller-scale. In the multipolar, post-Cold War world, it is increasingly important for the EU to be able to assume a security role, something it has been sorely lacking since its inception. The body of this paper is divided into 3 sections. The first section explains both how and why the ESDP came into being, and also discusses the European Security Strategy (ESS). The second section examines the role of the ESDP in the contemporary international security world, and explores the EU/ESDP and US/NATO relationship, the ESDP and Russia relationship, and how the ESDP fits into the five key threats of the ESS (terrorism, WMDs, regional conflicts, failed states, and organized crime). This is not a theory-driven essay. The materials used to write the paper were gathered through a wide range of sources, with almost all of the articles available for download on the internet.
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