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Roundtable Seminar: 'The state of European military power: current challenges, future possibilities'

9th December 2013

On 9th December 2013 the Baltic Defence College had the pleasure to welcome the Director of the 'Europe in the World' programme at Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, Dr. Sven Biscop, to its latest Roundtable Seminar.

Dr. Biscop's presentation expanded the Baltic Defence College’s Roundtable Seminar series, this time focusing on 'The state of European military power: current challenges, future potential'. This discussion was organised to provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing European heads of state and government during the upcoming European Council on Security and Defence, which is due to take place on 19th-20th December 2013.

The seminar encouraged vigorous debate on the problems in relations to European military power, both within the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance, as well as between the various clusters of cooperation, such as Baltic Defence Cooperation, Nordic Defence Cooperation, BENELUX cooperation and the British-French alliance. The rise of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy was also looked into, particularly its potential to facilitate the development of ‘critical enabling’ capabilities, which very few Member States can develop without the support of others.

Mr. James Rogers (Lecturer, Baltic Defence College) and Dr. Sven Biscop (Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations)

The seminar was well-attended, with over fifteen participants, including members of the college’s faculty, as well as students from the Joint Command and General Staff Course.

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