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Friday, 8th July 2011

Opportunities lost, opportunities seized: the Libya crisis as Europe's perfect storm

Source: European Policy Centre

The handling of the Libyan crisis, from the use of humanitarian aid to military intervention, tells a bigger story about the future of EU foreign and security policy than that played out in Libya, according to this Policy Brief by Erik Brattberg. In the light of EU divisions over military intervention, Common Security and Defence Policy has suffered a setback. It was not activated for the evacuation from Libya of EU citizens, the military mission to support humanitarian assistance on which agreement was reached was not called for by the UN, and there are grounds to question its future role in crisis management. Relations with NATO and the US are also under strain following the Libya debacle. Has the EU lowered its global ambitions? And how is it going to deal with security in its neighbourhood and beyond?

+ Policy Brief (PDF; 525 KB)



Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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