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European strategic autonomy

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Europe is faced with a degradation of its security environment, which affects all of the neighboring regional theaters and occurs along the entire conflict spectrum (Russian strategic resurgence, instability and civil wars around the Mediterranean Sea, changing patterns of jihadist terrorism, etc.), and with a growing uncertainty regarding the future commitment to European security of two critical allies, the United States and the United Kingdom. In this context, the European strategic autonomy program established within Ifri’s Security Studies Center provides analytical support to the renewed European interest for defense, and to the attainment of the goal of strategic autonomy, as identified in the EU’s Global Strategy.

Its aims are:

  • to provide substance to the concept of “European strategic autonomy” while contributing to the emergence of a European strategic thought on the use of force in the 21st century;
  • to add to the ongoing debate on the degree of ambition for European countries in terms of strategic autonomy;
  • to assess the capacity, in Europe, to generate military power, now and up to 2030-2040;
  • to come up with a comprehensive overview of the existing capacities as well as the lacking areas, as of today and until 2030-2040 (trends, areas and degrees of dependence, etc.);
  • to provide recommendations on key lines of effort, in terms of defense investment, operational and industrial cooperation as well as capability development.
Corentin BRUSTLEIN

Research Fellow, Director of Ifri's Security Studies Center

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Guillaume LASCONJARIAS

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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Alice PANNIER

Research Fellow, Head of Ifri's Geopolitics of Technologies Program 

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Vivien PERTUSOT

Associate Research Fellow, Security Studies Center

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