Legal and Political Perspectives
Edited by Panos Koutrakos
Chapter 7: The Common Security and Defence Policy in a multilateral world
Mark Webber* INTRODUCTION The Cologne European Council of June 1999 took what many at the time and since have regarded as a historic step – namely, the launch of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).1 Conceived within the framework of the existing Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), ESDP marked a stepchange in the ambitiousness of EU external action (it would allow the EU to ‘play its full role on the international stage’) and, by extension, the nature of the European project (ESDP was hailed as ‘a new step in the construction of the European Union’).2 Ten years on, the official position remained highly positive. Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the CFSP, noted in June 2009 that ESDP was ‘the missing link’ of international peace and security; numerous missions across four continents had demonstrated the ‘crucial role [of the EU] in bringing stability to different parts of the world’.3 ESDP, he suggested a little later, has brought ‘unique added value’, a ‘joint civilian– military approach’ meaning that ‘the EU remains the only organisation that can call on a full panoply of instruments and resources [to] complement the traditional foreign policy tools of its member states’.4 * The author would like to thank Lorenzo Cladi for research assistance provided in the preparation of this chapter. 1 The Lisbon Treaty uses the term Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). This chapter, however, will refer to ESDP, the term in common usage in the ten-year period the chapter is concerned...
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