The implementation of the Strategy comes at a time of highly adverse circumstances for the process of European integration, so that its development is not solely reliant on the content of the document or the determination of its backers.
Europe’s southern neighbourhood is a diverse but interlinked geopolitical ensemble, whose specificities need to be carefully assessed before Europeans devise dedicated security strategies, divide responsibilities and make policy decisions.
The II National Action Plan for the implementation of Resolution 1325, currently being prepared by the Spanish Government, should build on lessons learnt and include specific measures and best practices if it aims to achieve any advancement in the women, peace and security agenda.
Missile defence in Europe is evolving and maturing, even if it this is occurring at the margins of public debate. At the same time, there are perceptions that the missile threat is growing. A more sophisticated approach towards missile defence in Europe is required.
The deliberate targeting of, and indiscriminate attacks against, civilians are recurrent themes in present-day armed conflicts.
Document of interest: US Department of Defense - Plan for Closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility
The plan of the Obama Administration for closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility has been sent to the US Congress by the Department of Defense.
Plan de la Administración Obama para cerrar la prisión de Guantánamo enviado por el Departamento de Defensa al Congreso de EEUU.
Document of interest: National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015: A Secure and Prosperous United Kingdom
The latest Strategic Defence and Security Review, presented by David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK, to the Parliament on 23 November 2015. The British government is commited to increase the expenditure on defence in order to tackle terrorism among other priorities, and meet the NATO pledge to spend 2% of GDP on this field.
El primer ministro británico, David Cameron, presentó el pasado 23 de noviembre 2015 la nueva Strategic Defence and Security Review. En el documento se contempla el aumento sostenido del gasto en defensa para plantar cara a las amenazas externas, cumpliendo el objetivo marcado por la OTAN de que el gasto suponga un 2% del PIB del país.
Security has always been an important value in traditional societies, but it has become a key value in present-day societies, both developed and less developed. Since the end of the Cold War, the concept of security has been enlarged to encompass individual, societal, global and human security, and not only the national dimension.
The reality facing women and girls in conflict scenarios and their role in peace-building will not improve unless firmer and more decisive action as well as a clear political impetus and funding for the goals agreed in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) are forthcoming.
Speech by Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, Chairman of the Elcano Royal Institute, at the conference of experts on security and transatlantic relations held on 16 September 2015 in Washington D.C adn organised by the Wilson Center and the Elcano Royal Institute.