A New European Policy for Development: the Defense Piece

AuthorPasquale Preziosa
PositionGen. S.A., Chief of Staff Italian Air Force
The EuroAtlantic Union Review, Vol. 1 No. 1/2014
A New European Policy for Development: the Defense
Pasquale Preziosa*
Over the last decade, the European Union (EU) has played a growing role
as a crisis management actor dealing with both regional and global security
problems. With the creation and subsequent expansion of the today Common
Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), the EU has acquired new operational
and institutional instruments for crisis management. Since 2003, when ESDP
became operational, the EU has deployed short of 30 operations, including
many civilian or civilian-military ones (a number of them still ongoing).
e “comprehensive security” model that inspires the EU aims not only to
manage conicts, but also to prevent them. It includes a wide spectrum of
peace-support activities: traditional peacekeeping, policing, promotion of
the rule of law, reform of the security sector, and post-conict institution
building. is approach, which underpins the European Security Strategy
adopted in December 2003, has been reinforced by a number of new
provisions contained in the Lisbon Treaty which, as you all know, entered
into force on December 1, 2009.
But, because of international relations stemming from the Arab Spring,
we experienced one acceleration of which only history holds the secret,
questioning the coherence and consistency of the so far mentioned European
Security architecture and provisions.
* Gen. S.A., Chief of Sta Italian Air Force

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