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Building Resilience: the Role of EU Intelligence Community

Artur Gruszczak

Resilience is an increasingly relevant feature of contemporary security policy. It is no longer a buzzword, it has turned in recent two decades to an analytical term useful in the study of continuity and adaptive change in objects and systems, including social and political systems. States and organizations have become increasingly aware of benefits drawn from the 'resilience dividend' (Rodin 2014) for the sake of internal security, public order and systemic stability.This paper is dedicated to resilience as an objective and a feature of the European Union as a security community. In this respect, resilience is conceived as the capacity of the EU as an international organization to prepare for disruptions and to build and reinforce capacity to achieve revitalization from past crises and failures. Since resilience is predetermined by situational awareness, preparedness, risk assessment and anticipation, intelligence is meant to become a core and indispensable form of organized activity of the state or a security community. Therefore, the emergence of an EU intelligence community should be identified with the growing need to enhance resilience and preparedness of the EU and its member states in the face of threats and dangers challenging security, stability and order within the Union. A thesis developed in this paper claims that the EU has been developing its joint intelligence capabilities with direct reference to resilience building and crisis management capabilities as principal mechanisms of security governance in the EU.

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