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EU-U.S. Security Strategies. Comparative scenarios and recommendations


EU-US stronger cooperation and consistent action are crucial to protect the transatlantic space and project security globally. The EU needs to upgrade its strategic thinking to pave the way for a comprehensive transatlantic security and defence review. To that end it should work out a White Paper on Security and Defence of a level of sophistication comparable to the US one. The EU and US should agree upon shared definitions and concepts, as well as build issue-specific cooperative structures on new transnational security challenges such as cyber-security, biosecurity, disaster preparedness and response, pandemics. It is equally vital to expand consultation and information-sharing on high politics issues and intensify joint exercises to enhance transatlantic crisis response and management capabilities, and deepen NATO-EU cooperation. A larger and more solid transatlantic industrial basis, also comprising improved governance, would also be key to deeper political and security cooperation.

Final report of the project "EU-US Security Strategies", conducted by the Istituto affari internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and funded by the EU within the pilot projects "Transatlantic methods for handling global challenges in the European Union and the United States".

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