NATO-EU security relations in the post-9/11 security era /

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2014
Onyeador, Ikenna Ifeanyichukwu
The objective of this study is to thoroughly examine the relationship between the EU and NATO in dealing with the challenges of the post-9/11 international security environment. In doing so, the following questions are addressed: How have both organizations come to define themselves as crucial security actors within a globally transforming security agenda? How effective has cooperation been so far in dealing with these various emerging security related issues in practice as outlined by their security strategic doctrines? How can security relations between them be characterized: cooperative or competitive? This study argues that the relationship between NATO and the EU for the most part has been mixed being both cooperative and competitive at the same time. By analyzing each of the common security issues as outlined in NATO’s new strategic concept and the European Security Strategy (ESS), this study also tries to add to the generally debated NATO-‘ESDP’ relations that focus solely on their crisis management relations as the overall basis for defining their relationship. It concludes that while relations between them has been both cooperative and competitive with certain practical achievements been made mostly through their crisis management operations, there is still need for further cooperation to be made in other security related areas as well. Preserving the future of stronger security relations between them can be achieved through a strengthened Common Security and Defence Policy working side by side with NATO.