Paul Cornish


Towards the next UK Defence and Security Review 2015

The following 80 minute video is a recording of the evidence given by

  • Professor Paul Cornish
  • Commodore Stephen Jermy, and
  • Frank Ledwidge

at a meeting by the UK House of Common's Defence Committee regarding revisions to the next UK strategic defence and security review (SDSR) due in 2015. Whilst the concept of Security Sector Reform is not mentioned throughout the entire discussion, the content of the discussion is Security Sector Reform in action, when institutions of governance consult with civil society on how to reform an element of the security sector (defence) in the light of its relationship to other contributors to security (foreign policy, education of military leaders, etc).

The meeting took place in the Wilson Room of the House of Commons on Tuesday 4 June at 2.40pm, and ended at 4pm.

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Policy and Research Papers

EU and NATO: Co-operation or Competition ?

Recent years have seen protracted attempts to agree and then to consummate a durable strategic partnership between the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. With the globalisation of security concerns and with the series of major terrorist attacks beginning on 11th September 2001, it has become increasingly difficult to rationalise a Cold War-style separation of the two organisations, with NATO offering ‘hard’ or military power, and the EU offering a ‘soft’ or civil alternative. There are compelling reasons to expect close collaboration between the two organisations: there is considerable overlap in membership; members of both organisations, new and old, are constrained in their defence spending and cannot maintain commitments to support two entirely separate multilateral military structures; and contemporary security challenges no longer respect institutional boundaries, if indeed they ever did. Furthermore, the simple proximity of the two organisations in Brussels creates a widespread expectation that the EU and NATO should be in constant dialogue on issues of mutual concern. It can only  appear inefficient and dysfunctional, for example, that the representative of a foreign government might visit one body but not the other, that NATO does not offer a conduit to the EU, and vice versa, and that the two organisations have not developed mutually reinforcing diplomatic positions. 

Collaboration between NATO and the EU has become an enduring theme in speeches and
statements concerning transatlantic security.

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