Going Global or Staying Local? The ENP within a Global Security Strategy

Richard Whitman

The Syria conflict has brought into stark relief the weakness of Europeans' current approach towards the security of their own neighbourhood. A collective European policy on Syria remains elusive, as does a clearly defined European strategy for addressing the challenge of the currently instability of Europe's southern flank. This paper assesses the extent to which the European Union's current ENP approach is insufficient due to its detachment from a broader global security strategy. As a policy it is divorced from a clear sighted set of strategic objectives for the European neighbourhood which are embedded within a broader European global security strategy for international relations. In this paper, it is argued that changes in the context of global international relations present a structural opportunity for the mapping of a common European global security strategy and for a fresh approach to the EU's neighbourhood.

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