The long-term implications of the global COVID-19 and increased global power competition present yet another challenge for the EU as an international security actor and for the transatlantic partnership. The European Union’s response should rely on a model of prosperous social market democracy at home, and a role as promoter of multilateralism in the wider world. Therefore, a more autonomous and capable EU would be better equipped to project its values abroad and attract the attention and cooperation of global partners.
This Strategic Conversation with Pedro Serrano, Head of Cabinet of EU HRVP Josep Borrell, will focus on the concepts of cooperation and autonomy and discuss key findings and recommendations of Friends of Europe’s 2020 Transatlantic Security Jam report. This report compiles the recommendations of a three-day virtual global brainstorm in which thousands of participants discussed the topic of ‘’Cooperation and Autonomy: The global role of the EU post COVID-19’’.
This new Strategic Conversations series invites key policymakers to share their views on a range of important and strategically relevant issues through interviews with senior thinkers on the Friends of Europe team.
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- How did the crisis shape the EU’s ambitions of strategic autonomy and how will it affect future efforts?
- What should the EU focus on primarily in order to facilitate more multilateral cooperation, especially with its transatlantic partners?
- How can the EU increase the internal cohesion between its member states when it comes to security and defence issues?
Head of Cabinet of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell
Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defense at Friends of Europe, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Pedro Serrano is a career diplomat with over twenty years of experience in EU affairs. Prior to joining the European Union, Serrano served as a Spanish diplomat. Following this, he held multiple roles in the EU, including Deputy Secretary-General for Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and Crisis Response and Managing Director for Crisis Response at the European External Action Service (EEAS). He also served as the Principal Advisor on External Affairs in the Cabinet of the President of the European Council and headed the EU Delegation at the United Nations.
Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.
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