European Security Architecture: Fading or Adapting?

  • Sandra Fernandes


The issue of creating European security architecture has been an enduring irritant since the end of the Cold War. Despite internal and external changes that have been undertaken by European actors, the principal challenge has been the re-approximation of former enemies and the search for a modus vivendi to accommodate the existing security institutions with Russia. In the 21st century, the debate about such architecture has gained a new impetus since Russia has been able to reassert its position externally under Putin’s leadership. 1 In this context, relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) have become more difficult, due to the diverging views concerning the evolution of countries in the so-called ‘common neighbourhood’ and particularly Georgia and Ukraine. The prospects for cooperation in this area are, thus, narrow and point to the need for continued efforts in a long-term approach.


European Union Common Neighbourhood Security Architecture North Atlantic Treaty Organization European Security 
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