The European defence sector generates €86 billion annually - and that is only taking into account the 2009 turnover of the European defence industry for the three areas - aeronautics, land forces and naval forces.
European strategic autonomy
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.
A little more than 60 years after its creation, questions about the future of the Alliance emerge at the intersection of three observations. First, the complexity of the world,which makes the Alliance ‘inevitable,' since it is a rare source of stability and solidarity in a world marked by...
Toward Transatlantic Cooperation in Meeting the Iranian Nuclear Challenge Proliferation Papers, No. 14, Winter 2005
Evaluating NATO's Efficiency in Crisis Management Paris : Ifri, 2000. - 48 p. (Transatlantic Series), (Notes de l'Ifri, No. 21)
This "Note" analyzes the efficiency of NATO in crisis management in the light of what happened in Bosnia and in Kosovo.
Iraq, Serbia: Economic Sanctions and the Transatlantic Debate Paris : Ifri, 2000. - 58 p. (Série transatlantique), (Notes de l'Ifri, n° 20)
An analysis of the impact of multilateral sanctions imposed on Iraq and Serbia in the 1990s.
Russia's Security Relations with the West after Kosovo and Chechnya Paris : Ifri, 2000. - 48 p. (Transatlantic Series), (Notes de l'Ifri, No.19)
This study analyzes the new relationship between Russia and Western countries since the beginning of the 1990s.
Defence Industry Restructuring: The End of an Economic Exception Paris : ifri, 1999. - 62 p. (Transatlantic series), (Notes de l'Ifri, No.15 bis)
This study explains that the search for efficiency in the defense industry also requires further integration of civilian and military productive capacities.
Burdensharing in NATO. 3. The German Perception Paris : Ifri, 1999. - 52 p. (Transatlantic Series), (Notes de l'Ifri, No. 13)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the most successful political-military alliance in modern history. Despite doom prophecies of a superfluous NATO having lost its raison d'être, the Alliance is more active than ever before. The reason for NATO's success as the central element of...
Burdensharing in NATO. 2. The US and Transatlantic Burdensharing Paris : Ifri, 1999. - 56 p. (Transatlantic Series), (Notes de l'Ifri, n° 12)
Stanley R. Sloan is the Senior Specialist in International Security Policy in the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. During 1997-1998, he has served as Advisor to the Senate NATO Observer Group and also as Rapporteur for the North Atlantic Assembly's project on...