Set amidst the European and global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the return of great power competition, and the new security challenges they present, Friends of Europe’s 2021 peace, security and defence programme will aim to make sense of both the emerging new geopolitical environment and our increasingly digitalized world while exploring how it can strengthen the partnerships that are vital to Europe’s stability and security.
To do so, we will analyse ongoing transnational challenges covering topics including the next steps in the EU’s security and defence evolution, the transatlantic security partnership, peace and stability in the EU’s neighbouring regions and, in particular, its south and south eastern flank, the link between space, defence and security, the impact of increased digitization and emerging technologies, and their impact on the resilience of our institutions, societies, and democracy.
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 remains 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 seek to formulate and identify innovative means of reducing both internal and global tensions and countering the shift away from democracy and stability in an era of systemic shocks.