Europe in the World

Opportunities lost, opportunities seized: the Libya crisis as Europe's perfect storm

30 June 2011
Erik Brattberg (External authors)


The handling of the Libyan crisis, from the use of humanitarian aid to military intervention, tells a bigger story about the future of EU foreign and security policy than that played out in Libya, according to this Policy Brief by Erik Brattberg. In the light of EU divisions over military intervention, Common Security and Defence Policy has suffered a setback. It was not activated for the evacuation from Libya of EU citizens, the military mission to support humanitarian assistance on which agreement was reached was not called for by the UN, and there are grounds to question its future role in crisis management. Relations with NATO and the US are also under strain following the Libya debacle. Has the EU lowered its global ambitions? And how is it going to deal with security in its neighbourhood and beyond?

Opportunities lost, opportunities seized: the Libya crisis as Europe's perfect storm

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