Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Globalizing European security 17.12.2013

By Javier Solana Former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of NATO, and Foreign Minister of Spain. He is currently President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Global security - a safe and peaceful environment free of conflict - is a public good. In other words, all of the world's citizens and countries benefit from it, regardless of whether they contribute to supplying it. Given this, free riders (those who enjoy the benefits of the good without investing in its provision) are likely to be plentiful. But, when it comes to global stability, the world simply cannot afford a free-riding Europe. To be sure, given Europe's violent past, the European Union's greatest contribution to international security has been to ensure stability in its own region. Today, nearly a century after the outbreak of World War I, peace and stability are firmly entrenched in Europe. Other regions, however, are volatile and unstable. For example, strategic tinderboxes like the Middle East and Southeast Asia lack the regional security structures with which Europe is endowed. The Middle East's geographic proximity means that Europe cannot ignore it, while it would be folly to ignore Southeast Asia's economic weight. The EU is the world's largest economy, with annual GDP of more than €15.5 trillion ($21.3 trillion), and its greatest trading power, accounting for 20% of world trade. Clearly, the EU should aspire to increase its contribution to global security beyond maintaining peace among its member states. This is no time for Europe to rest on its laurels - particularly with the United States moving to extract itself from two wars and confronting isolationist urges. Enter this month's European Council meeting: on December 19-20, heads of state and government from the EU's 28 member countries will convene to discuss the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). Throughout the discussions, a forward-looking, ambitious vision must be maintained in order to bring a truly global European security strategy into view. Unfortunately, in national governments and EU institutions alike, the leadership needed to realize this strategic vision is lacking. The summit will face several hurdles from the outset. For starters, the ongoing consequences of simultaneous economic, political, and institutional crises continue to determine the European agenda. Realizing a long-term vision is more difficult than ever when so many short-term imperatives - reviving growth and employment, winning elections, and re-engaging a distrustful public amid growing populist sentiment, to name just a few - materialize simultaneously. In this environment, deepening Europe's defense and security integration would appear to be low on the list of priorities. But the opposite is true: further development of the CSDP is essential to the survival of the European way of life. This month's Council will lay the foundations for the CSDP's further development by addressing three main topics: operational efficiency, defense capabilities, and the state of the European defense industry. If the EU's defense and security policy is to be strong, global, and effective, it is imperative to take advantage of both the specialization and pooling of member states' technology and resources. As national budgets shrink under the effects of austerity, the EU should review member states' spending on security. It is senseless for each national government to invest limited resources identically. This moment holds potential: spending cuts could be transformed into an opportunity to coordinate and integrate Europe's defense industry, thus maximizing overall efficiency. The objective must be to boost European security integration (in its broadest sense), lifting Europe to the forefront of global security. As member states advance along this path, propelled forward by technological and operational excellence and innovation, they will find avenues to eliminate unnecessary spending and optimize resource use. Europe's defense industry will not be able to make progress without a well-functioning market - open, transparent, and with equal opportunities for all European suppliers. Advances in the defense industry lead to significant positive externalities, such as civil-military synergies and investment in research and development, which is fundamental to growth, innovation, and future competitiveness. A critical component in the coordination and proper functioning of Europe's security and defense policy is the European Defense Agency. At the upcoming summit, leaders should reiterate the importance of the EDA, whose budget has remained frozen at the insistence of certain member states. It would be irresponsible to treat December's Council meeting as just another summit. Europe and an increasingly unstable world need a viable framework for global security. A fully developed CSDP - itself the cornerstone of further European integration - must be a fundamental component of such a system. Copyright: Project Syndicate http://www.azernews.az/analysis/62620.html


Anonymous said...

This man is an expert on physics, culture, military, government security and intelligence, diplomacy and now economics. He must by now know to the highest degree possible everyone of importance in world government.He has easily had at least six careers.
Herb Peters was possibly wrong but it was not because of a lack of possibilities.

Anonymous said...

MADRID , December 17 ( EUROPA PRESS ) -

Former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU and former Secretary General of NATO, Javier Solana, and the Ibero-American Secretary General Enrique Iglesias, have entered the Club of Madrid, the largest forum of former heads of heads of state and Government.

The entry of these new Member States was adopted unanimously at the last General Assembly of this independent organization. Solana and churches are now honorary members of the Club de Madrid " for his work and great contribution " to achieve " a more effective democracy " , the main purpose of this forum , reports the organization in a statement.

" It's a real honor for the Club of Madrid members count among our two political leaders of both international prestige. Their membership significantly enhances our ability to meet the challenge of democratic governance and political conflict ," adds the note.

Churches and Solana thus bind to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan , the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi , U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors as honorary members of the Club of Madrid.

Solana was Secretary General of the Organization of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO ) from 1995 to 1999. During his term , NATO reorganized its political and military structure and changed its basic strategies .

The reputation of being an excellent diplomat and secretary general of great success , he was able to negotiate between NATO members and non-members won . After his time in NATO , was appointed High Representative for Security Policy of the European Union and Secretary-General of the EU Council of Foreign Relations, the Club of Madrid highlights .

Today, Solana is president of the Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics of ESADE Center. It is also ' distinguised fellow ' in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard , president of the Aspen Institute Spain , and honorary chairman of the Centre for Human Dialogue ( Geneva).

He is also a member of the boards of International Crisis Group , the European Council on Foreign Relations , and Human Rights Watch , as well as visiting professor senior at the London School of Economics , where he received an honorary doctorate in December 2010 .

Enrique Iglesias was Foreign Minister in the Government of Uruguay (1985-1988) before being elected president of the Inter -American Development Bank in 1988. During his first and second term as president , the IDB concluded negotiations for the Seventh (1989 ) and eighth (1994 ) Replenishment . Since 2005, Iglesias is Secretary General of the Ibero-American Secretariat .

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BARCELONA, 19 December (IRIN ) -

The La Caixa Foundation is one of the nine states of Spain , France, Egypt , Morocco, Turkey, Tunisia and Belgium which have been the MED Confederation , which wants to promote the socio-economic cooperation in the Mediterranean to improve their " economic , commercial and social position in a globalized world . "

This has been explained by the Obra Social La Caixa and the European Institute of the Mediterranean ( IEMED ) in a statement on Thursday on the occasion of the presentation of this new institution and its plans for 2014 in the Caixa Forum in Barcelona , which visited more than 200 representatives from countries and foundations , banks , savings and ' think- tanks ' within it.

Among the projects to implement is to encourage the mobility of young people in international companies , to promote employment and social entrepreneurship , promote corporate social responsibility, creating a network of business incubation centers , and establish a Mediterranean network of economic cooperation.

" The initial group of foundations, financial institutions and research centers that make MED Confederation two objectives : to grow together and grow better," have been summarized .

The founders of the Confederation MED members are the La Caixa Foundation , the IEMED , World Savings and Retail Banking Institute ( WSBI ) in Brussels , the Institut de Prospective Economique du Monde Méditerranéen ( IPEMED ) of France, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations of Tunisia , the Caisse de Depot et de Gestion of Morocco , the Economic Policy Research Foundation ( TEPAV ) in Turkey , the Al Barid Bank (Morocco ) and the Chamber of the Euro Chambers ( Ceeba ) of Egypt.

The presentation was attended by the exresponsable of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy , Javier Solana , the EU special envoy for the Southern Mediterranean, Bernardino León , Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government , Gonzalo de Benito and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Roger Albinyana , among others.

Anonymous said...

I posted a couple of articles. Any comment?

Anonymous said...

Please Post front page

Current Positions after retirement from EU
1) President for Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) Geneva Switzerland. 2010
2) Chairman of the Commission for the Future of Spanish Security. 2010
3) President of the Aspen Institute, Madrid Spain 2010
4) President of the Uria Foundation 2010
5) President of the Barcelona Center of International Affairs 2010
6) President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics 2010
7) President of Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation 2010
8) Co president of the SDA ( Security and Defense Agenda)
9) Vice President of the Global Commission on Drug Policy 2010
10) Acciona Corporation Adviser for International Affairs 2010
11) Council Member of the Global Health Institute 2010
12) Distinguished Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brooking Institute 2010
13) Senior Visiting Professor of Economics London School of Economics 2010
14) Member of the Spanish Group of the Trilateral Commission 2010
15) Board member of the Le Craixa Foundation 2010
16) Member of the EU Future of Europe Panel 2010
17) Member of the Senior Panel on the future of NATO 2010
18) Council of Europe European Eminent Persons Council to report of religious and ethnic tolerance in Europe 2010
19) Bilderberger Club 2010
20) Patron member of the Royal Board of the Museo National del Prado 2010
21) Professor of Economics Georgetown University 2010
22) Founding Signatory Global One for Global Nuclear Disarmament 2008
23) Founding Signatory Global call to end to Female Genital mutilation, 11/ 16/ 2010
24) Joined call for Global TUNA Safe Fishing 2010
25) Joined as Board member of the Yalta European Strategy September 2, 2010
26) Member Club of Rome
27) Member of the International Crisis Group
28) Member International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
29) Board Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations
30) Member Global Leadership Foundation
31) Human Rights Watch, Board of Directors 2011
32) Harvard Kennedy School Fischer Family Fellowship 2012
33) Adviser Indra Corporation Spanish Defense Corporation 2012
34) Spanish Advisory Committee of Past Foreign Ministers 2012
35) Global Policy Journal, Practitioner's Advisory Board
36) The Hakluyt International Advisory Board
37) Columnist, New York Times
38) Tsinghua University China, Advisory Board. 7/2012 International Council of Carnegie Tsinghua Center Global Policy,
39 ) Professor Tsinghua University
40) Representative of the European Parliament, during his recent visit to Iran, reported November 15, 2012 Jerusalem Post
41) World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe 2012-2013
42) Club of Madrid December 2013
43) Trilateral Commission 2010
44) Council of European Politics, (Socialist Parties of Europe) January 2014