The Union's Foreign, Security and Defence Policies and Austria's Ambitions
erschienen in der Publikation "The Union's Foreign, Security and Defence Policies and Austria's Ambitions (Kurzfassung)" - November 2003
Autor(en):Prof. Dr. Rob de Wijk
Region(en):Europa, Europäische Union, Österreich
This paper argues that due to the geopolitical changes of the 1990s, the United States is no longer preoccupied with security risks in Europe. This conclusion is reinforced by the events of 11 September 2001, the subsequent declaration of the war on terror, and the Iraq crisis of early 2003. Due to the new strategic realities the European Union must not only strike a new transatlantic bargain, but renew its attempts to develop a credible Common Foreign and Security (CFSP) and a European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) as well. As a consequence, there is an urgent need to develop the Unions Rapid Reaction Force (EURFF) into a credible force for peace support and combat operations. This paper concludes with an attempt to define Austria's role in this process and the consequences for the structure of its armed forces.