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Relațiile NATO-UE. Între competiție și cooperare practică
NATO-EU Relations. Between Competition and Field Cooperation

Author(s): Dragoş ILINCA
Subject(s): Security and defense, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Editura Militară
Keywords: European security; defence policy; Pooling and Sharing; NATO; EU relations; Berlin + Agreements; strategy; crisis management; Western European Union; Petersberg Missions;

Summary/Abstract: The relationship between NATO and European Union evolved gradually after the end of Cold War to an almost enduring Partnership formula today. After the disappearance of the old-fashioned, conventionally bipolar conflict the security landscape is confronted with a new and more complex paradigm in which the coexistence between conventional and asymmetric threats and challenges is much stronger than ever. In search of answers both organizations are striving to adapt their own tools and answers. Within this picture, it goes without saying that NATO-EU relation is one of the necessary answers. Unfortunately, the road to an articulated, common approach was more challenging, as well as longer, that it was initially expected. Nevertheless, the last decade experienced some concrete positive developments both in terms of improvement of normative basis for cooperation (e.g. signing the Berlin +) as well as in the operational domain, notably in the Balkans and Aegean Sea. Nevertheless, the longstanding obstacles to EU-NATO co-operation have not disappeared; in particular, the unresolved conflict in Cyprus still gets in the way. Today, security fluidity can only be tackled successfully by the two organisations working together. The recent developments occurred in the immediate neighborhoods, showed without any doubt that that the crises to the east and south do not fit neatly into institutional boxes. Still there are persisting challenges related to the harmonization of the defence capabilities processes which requires a strong and sound political consensus. From a prospective point of view it can be anticipated that NATO-EU cooperative dimension will be one of the main subjects of interests. The anticipated effects of BREXIT is just one of the issues surrounded by unknowns.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 13-26
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Romanian