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The European Union is fast becoming a more serious global player on security and defence issues, but there is still much to do as it wrestles with old and new challenges, including responding to technological change and threats from terrorism, cybercrime and disinformation.
Friends of Europe’s Security Policy Summit ‘A Brave New World: adapting to a changing security landscape’ that took place on 20 September, saw wide-ranging discussions on the most pressing issues of the day included the potential benefits of increasing EU strategic autonomy; Brexit’s impact on the state of play; ethical questions around unmanned weaponry; and Europe’s position in the ‘arms race’ for use of robotics and artificial intelligence. As it approaches its 70th anniversary, the summit also looked at what the NATO Alliance must do to modernise, face new challenges and work with the EU towards common goals.
The summit also presented and discussed the recommendations of our Debating Security Plus (DS+) online brainstorm that took place on 19-20 June. Gathering a unique coalition of over a thousand participants from around the world, it is the only platform that permits a truly global whole-of-society consultation providing fresh and innovative recommendations to global security challenges.