On 29 March 2017, The Hague Institute’s Senior Researcher Dr. Joris Larik took part in an expert consultation on “Resilience as a strategic priority of the external action of the EU” at the headquarters of the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. The event was organized by the EEAS, the European Commission, the European Policy Centre and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).
Resilience features as one of the guiding concepts in the EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. The consultation formed part of the efforts of the European Commission and the EEAS to publish a Joint Communication on this subject in May.
During the consultation, Dr. Larik emphasized the importance to stress the links with earlier concepts such as human security and the responsibility to protect (R2P) and how the idea of “resilience” adds value to thinking about EU foreign policy, such as advancing whole-of-society approaches. Moreover, he cautioned against creating impossible expectations and advised to instead preserve one of the achievements of the Global Strategy, i.e. its ability to combine a principles-based approach with realistic goals and strategic priorities.
Providing input at this event continues the Institute’s work on the framing and implementation of the Global Strategy. In December 2015, while the Strategy was still being drafted, The Hague Institute, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, organized and hosted a high-level discussion on how the EU can promote a rules-based international system and effective multilateral institutions in a rapidly changing environment marked by numerous crises.
Subsequently, in September 2016, the Institute, together with Europe House – the European Parliament Information Office and the Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands – convened an event to outline the way forward for the implementation of the Global Strategy in a number of selected areas, which resulted in a report funded by the European Commission.
If you would like to learn more about the Global Strategy and the future of EU foreign policy in the era of Brexit, Dr. Larik will give a special guest lecture at Europe House in The Hague on 10 April. Participants need to register with the representation of the European Parliament in the Netherlands.