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Turkey’s private security guards outnumber armies of six countries in Europe

StratRisks, August 28,2012

(Source: Zaman)

Turkey has roughly 217,000 private security guards who are employed in public offices and private companies, a figure that outnumbers the soldiers in the armies of six countries in EuropeAustria, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway and the Czech Republic… (more) http://ow.ly/1mblzF

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EuropeanGeostrategy: Interview with Daniel Keohane

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A map showing European membership of the EU and NATO.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by James Rogers and Daniel KeohaneEuropean Geostrategy, August 19, 2012

Over the next few months the editors of European Geostrategy will undertake a number of interviews with various individuals who are involved in thinking about European foreign, security and military policies. In this first interview, James Rogers discusses European military power with Daniel Keohane, formerly a Research Fellow at the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies, and now the Head of Strategic Affairs at FRIDE. … http://ow.ly/1m2i9j

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EuropeanGeostrategy: Why a new European security strategy isn’t needed

English: European Union and EFTA European Unio...

European Union and EFTA European Union European Free Trade Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by James Rogers, European Geostrategy, July 18, 2012

Over recent months there have been several – often well-argued and highlyconsidered – calls for a new European Security Strategy to be drafted. The argument is put that the European Security Strategy of 2003, now almost a decade old, is outdated and requires redrafting so as to better reflect the new security environment of the second decade of the twenty-first century.

This may come as a surprise to those who regularly read European Geostrategy, but I do not entirely agree with this view, no matter how well-intended it might be. This is why:… (more) http://ow.ly/1lsWvO

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IIEA: European Security in the 21st Century – The EU’s Comprehensive Approach

 

 

Staats- und Regierungschefs in Lisabon, 13.12.2007

Heads of State and Government in Lisbon, 13.12.2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Linda Barry, IIEA, July 18, 2012

Under its comprehensive approach to crisis management the EU takes a holistic view of a (potential) crisis situation and recognises that an effective, sustainable solution can only be achieved by using the full range of civilian and military instruments at its disposal.
 
Today, the IIEA published a paper on European Security in the 21st Century: The EU’s Comprehensive Approach. This paper considers how the EU institutions have been adapted by the Lisbon Treaty to facilitate the implementation of the comprehensive approach. It demonstrates that this is a work in progress and that the operational aspects currently lag behind conceptual developments. It examines the implications for Ireland and concludes that the comprehensive approach creates an opportunity for Ireland to be at the centre of the Union’s response to the complex security threats of the 21st century in a manner that respects the country’s particular strengths and values. (more) http://ow.ly/1ls4F9

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FRIDE: Security and development in Central Asia

Security and development in Central Asia – 
By Jos Boonstra, Marlène Laruelle, Sébastien Peyrouse (08/05/2012) FRIDE Working Paper

China and Russia are the most influential external actors in Central Asia, while the EU has substantially increased its activity and presence in the region since 2007. How do the security interests and development activities of these three actors compare? Is there any scope for cooperation and coordination or can their policies be boiled down to zero-sum geo-political competition?
http://ow.ly/1lklQZ

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