University of Twente Student Theses


ESDP and NATO : establishing new links for a trustworthy and efficient global security relationship

Manitaras, Z.I. (2007) ESDP and NATO : establishing new links for a trustworthy and efficient global security relationship.

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Abstract:Since the end of the Cold war, a great deal has been said and written by the representatives of both organizations, Diplomats, Political Analyst and International Relation Theorists about the relationship between NATO and the European Union. The difference of opinion between the two Organizations became even more intense, after the EU created the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP), where, the logic of its creation was disputable from the NATO allies that weren’t part of the EU, such as the United States and Turkey. Since, a full range of wrong political statements and press releases came out from both sides, alarming the World and the oppositions for a second sheriff in the Transatlantic Security and Defence Business, as NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop recognized, they assumed, that the aim of the EU was to drive NATO out of business. This much concerned and discussed relationship for the future of the 'fragmented' Global Security and the spicy, mixed up cooperation between the EU’s ESDP and NATO, with the inescapability for the modernization of the procedures that this two institutions treat security issues, describes the topic that I chose to handle and research for my Thesis report. The prosperous literature written in this transatlantic relationship, and my decision to contact my interviews and present my questionnaires, for the results of my research, in an Annual Conference organized in co-operation with the European Commission and the German foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) named NATO and ESDP: Forging New Links, entail not only my assumption that NATO and EU’s ESDP would never be rivals, but also that those two Institutions could never only, just co-exist in the global security. The future of this highly politicized, and deficient so far Transatlantic Security Relationship appears fragmented, but the research obtained in this paper, showed that both organizations and some of their common member states call for a change, as the realization of an efficient and trustworthy security relationship thus far, was hostage to the illusion of a 'grand bargain'. This research recognizes and presents those links that can bring closer NATO and the EU, in order to complement each other for the sake of Global Security.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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