Challenges in a 2035 Perspective: Roles for the EU as a Global Security Provider?

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Uwe Nerlich


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 29, Issue 1, p.77-87 (2013)


capabilities, cyber, defence, energy security, EU decision-making, EU missions, foresight, maritime, progressive framing, space, strategy, threats


Within the 2035 timeframe Europe and EU will need throughout to re¬spond to impacts from changing global environments, i.e. above all to adapt inter¬nal structures and to widen collective mission profiles (“progressive framing”). The European Security Strategy (ESS), the Internal Security Strategy (ISS) and the Re¬port on the Implementation of the ESS identified emerging key threats. Both strat¬egy and capability developments—for cyber, energy security, maritime security, space, CBRN, etc.—will require consistent effort and new approaches. The roles Europe could assume as a global security provider will determine Europe’s future. Plausible future EU missions are examined in this paper in a global context and in view of risks and challenges on a global scale.