AU and EU meet to discuss shared challenges for the future

The European Union and the African Union have built a partnership that continues to grow stronger and deeper. This relationship is based upon these frameworks: the Joint Africa-EU Strategy and the Cotonou Agreement. The implementation of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy follows a Roadmap (2014-2017) that divides it into five areas: Peace and security Democracy, good…

EU-UN Partnership: Peace and Security Challenges for 2016

The partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) is the most institutionalized channel of cooperation existing between the UN and a regional organization. The establishment of the UN-EU Steering Committee on Crisis Management in 2003 and the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels in 2011 notably paved the…

In which direction is the EU going? Foreign and Security Policy Trends

This past week, several events organized in Brussels offered a picture of the European Union’s direction for the year 2016. New threats, new challenges, and a new presidency of the Council could indeed foretell a new direction for the European Union (EU). The Institute for Peace in Partnership investigated on this possibility; here are its…

EU Battlegroups: The EU’s military rapid response to crises on hold

Twelve years after their creation, the EU Battlegroups are still on hold. Their fundamental objectives of advancing military cooperation, rapidness of deployment, synchronization between Member States and with external actors, and capabilities of EU Member States (and beyond), are hindered by financial constraints, diverging interests, and disagreement between Member States. Prospects for improvement therefore lie in the possibility of an alternative funding system, a flexible approach to national interests, and enhanced coordination between Member States and with external actors.