The European Union's Defense Dimension

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The European Union's Defense Dimension

Authors: 
Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen
10/2020

A new Occasional Paper from the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD), "The European Union's Defense Dimension," summarizes Lieutenant General Esa Pulkkinen’s virtual presentation and discussion on May 20, 2020 with Princeton University faculty, students, and alumni, which took place as part of the Liechtenstein Institute’s seminar on Europe and the World and Crisis Diplomacy. The paper provides an overview of the European Union Military Staff’s approach to defense and cooperation, particularly in addressing current security challenges such as, the Covid-19 pandemic, disinformation, and migration. Lt. Gen Pulkkinen details the way in which EUMS hybrid operations, present a great potential for the EU and the European Commission to work in tandem – "if their respective competencies are properly utilized and coordinated." Opinions expressed in this and all LISD Occasional Papers are those of the authors.

Keywords: 
European Union Military Staff; Common Security and Defense Policy; European Union; European Commission; North Atlantic Treaty Organization; Covid-19 pandemic; Disinformation; Conflict; Security; Peacekeeping; Counter-terrorism; Smuggling; Migration