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Options for European Remote Security: Inside-out Perspective in Advance

Ramon Loik

In the last decade non-state actors possessing increasingly unconventional means, have also grown their ability to strike more unexpectedly and in wider range, by complicating the conceptualization of security affairs. As a result, security arena became more diverse, less visible and less predictable. The security is becoming remote where value based idealistic approaches are mixed with pragmatism and competition between different security actors. At a policy level the EU turns a lot of attention to the development of the solidarity, loyalty, trust and common culture, stating that the mutual trust is essential value for the EU security policy. Common security area also requires efforts in institutional aspect by development of common standards and practices, as well as understanding of the different legal traditions, procedures and methods, ensuring also that the EU shall respect the different systems and traditions of the Member States, which should also be fair towards third-countries. Need to develop a strategic culture that fosters early, rapid, and when necessary, robust intervention has been appeared to the EU's rhetoric after adoption of the European Security Strategy in 2003. Recognizing the importance of new security challenges and networked responses, we should combine some aspects from different theoretical traditions for comparative understanding. The paper analyses if and how a wishful system, which should combine effectively the resources for common security actions has been developed in the European Union and which are the possible options and challenges for upcoming years.

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