Coinciding with the beginning of the new EU ‘geopolitical’ mandate, Friends of Europe’s 2020 peace, security and defence programme will aim to make sense of the geopolitical environment around Europe while exploring how it can strengthen the partnerships that are vital to its stability and security. To do so, we will analyse ongoing transnational challenges covering topics including the state of the EU’s security and defence initiatives, the link between space and defence and security, the impact of emerging technologies and their regulation, and the value of peacebuilding initiatives.
Through a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach covering NATO, UN and EU peace security and defence policies, internal security issues and the power of technology to act as a driver for the synergies between internal and external dimensions of security, our work will remain result-oriented, focusing ultimately on practical recommendations. We will continue to work actively with partnerships to advance the conclusions reached and to exchange best practices globally. By building on our previous recommendations and proposed solutions to global security challenges, we hope to locate innovate means of reducing global tensions and countering the shift away from democracy in an increasingly polarised political landscape.