European Foreign Affairs Review

Volume 20 (2015)

Volume 20 (2015) / Issue 1

Håkan Edström, Dennis Gyllensporre, 'Minding the Gap between Words and Deeds: Towards a New EU Strategy on Security' (2015) 20 European Foreign Affairs Review, Issue 1, pp. 3–22


This article revisits the twenty-three Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)-missions launched before the economic crisis hit the EU and its Member States to generate conclusions that could assist in the strategy process in Brussels. Six questions anchored in the field of Strategic Studies are operationalized in an analytical framework. Extant EU policies are utilized to identify plausible answers. The analysis suggests that the EU must close the gap between words and deeds to become a more credible actor. It would help the EU to operationalize its ambitions by exploiting its broad portfolio of policy options and to vanguard the post-modern society in crisis management.

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