European defence, unlike the current eurocrisis, rarely figures in the headlines. But it is an equally testing issue which requires a framework to deal with challenging situations in a volatile environment. The demands made on Europe’s military powers during Libya’s civil war were a sobering reality test which raises the need to examine Europe’s defensive strategic reorientation.

EUROPE lacks a single identity to guide its strategic military interests but Europe remains an essential national interest to the United States and a powerful global trading bloc.

The US does not consider Europe to be in military danger and believes it is too weak and non-committal as a group to p...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
The European Union failed to take a common decision on whether or not to engage. Those European forces which took part in Nato’s Operation Unified Protector to impose United Nations Security Council resolutions on a no-fly zone, arms embargo and sanctions, swiftly showed how dependent they were on the US for critical support.
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