Common Foreign and Security Policy
On this website you can find current EIPA activities on CFSP and in depth information on the topic. Please click on one of the links to find out more.
Main information on the Common and Foreign Security Policy
Bibliography on CFSP/CESDP:
[ A non-exhaustive bibliography ]
- Please consult the EIPA website - Publications - for Working Papers in the CFSP area as well as information about Between Vision and Reality: CFSP's Progress on the Path to Maturity (Maastricht: European Institute of Public Administration, 2000).
History and Background
The European Foreign Policy Bulletin online is the continuation of a project initiated jointly by the European University Institute and the Institut fr Europische Politik in Bonn. The Bulletin has been edited at the EUI since 1987 and ten printed volumes were published covering the years from 1985 to 1994. The traditional paper copy is now replaced by a freely available on-line database. The EFPB is the most exhaustive online database on European Foreign Policy.
The EU maintains its own CFSP web site that provides access to basic information as well as documentation, speeches by the Secretary-General/High Representative, legislation in the CFSP area, information about the Special Representatives and Common Strategies. A useful guide to the new military structures is also included. Links to other areas of Council activity are also provided.
The European Policy Centre maintains this site which includes the on-line journal 'Challenge Europe'. The journal addresses various facets of the EU and there are some interesting contributions in the CFSP area.
The Commission site for external relations (RELEX) provides information about the policies carried out by this Directorate General. However, as the website is currently being reorganised it still contains a number of links to documents formerly published on the DG 1, DG 1A and DG 1B websites.
This site is maintained by the U.S. Department of State and contains a very helpful overview of EU activities and links.
This is the basic entry point for the European Parliament on the web. From this point access can be gained to committee, hearings and conferences as well as information presented thematically.
Links to the Presidency web sites can be found at:
Links to Defence Ministries can be found at some of the above addresses or links to the EU Defence Ministries can be found at this address.
As with the KFOR site, the SFOR site may be accessed through the links bar at the top of the NATO homepage. Contains information on the structure and role of SFOR including graphics.
The United States European Command is not a CFSP site as such, but contains useful information on U.S. forces in Europe as well as Bush administration perspectives on ESDP.
The EU's CFSP depends not only upon the efforts of the 15 Member States but also upon the development and sustenance of extensive links with other international governmental organisations with overlapping fields of interest. A few are mentioned below:
NATO's web site provides links to documentation, speeches, policy statements as well as access to the NATO Handbook. The development of EU-NATO relations is high on the EU's agenda and this site should therefore be monitored for NATO perspectives, especially those from non-EU European NATO members. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly (formerly North Atlantic Assembly) can be accessed at http://www.naa.be/.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's web site is a well organised introduction to the workings of the organisation, including access to documentation. Although the EU-OSCE links are not well developed, a common interest in human rights and conflict prevention may lead to more cooperation.
Until recently the WEU was the closest of the security organisations to the EU. Following the Marseilles Declaration of November 2000 links between the WEU and EU, as well as with NATO, are not as extensive. This is however a useful sight to monitor for provocative debates on European security, most notably those from the WEU Assembly (http://assembly.weu.int/).
The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is the Swiss contribution to the Partnership for Peace. It is a superb source for information about defence and security matters and has an excellent search engine, links page and conference calendar.
Defense-Aerospace news is not, as its name implies, only limited to aerospace. The site also has access to key speeches by U.S. officials as well as links to major European defence manufacturers like EADS (http://www.eads-nv.com/eads/index_f.htm ).