Strategic autonomy under the spotlight

The New Holy Grail of European Defence
Edition 1

Strategic autonomy is the latest fashionable concept, in Paris and Brussels alike. It appears no fewer than 24 times in the most recent French strategic review and there is not a single European strategic document, however insignifi cant, that makes no mention of it. Read More

Beyond political posturing, strategic autonomy has entered the legal fi eld, as it is now set out as one of the objectives assigned to the European Defence Industrial Development Programme. It will, therefore, be one of the criteria used to assess defence R&D projects in contention for European funding.
But what is strategic autonomy?
For the fi rst time, this report carefully retraces the brief history of this fl edgling concept born at the end of the 20th century and permanent crossover between French defence planners and the European leaders.
Beyond overviews focusing on the politics and the doctrine, the author has attempted to off er a working defi nition of the concept, in the sense of one that has been craft ed by lawyers. It emerges that strategic autonomy is above all a legal standard, such as the concept of due diligence, and that it makes sense
only if looked at from a contingent and relative viewpoint. In other words, tell me which war you want to fi ght and I will tell you what autonomy you will need.
Finally, the author lays emphasis on the "political" component of strategic autonomy. This “political capability”, which is obvious and therefore need not be taken into account at national level, is, on the contrary, the fi rst item of equipment that anybody hoping to join the quest for the holy Grail of European defence will need.
Frédéric Mauro


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Publisher
GRIP
Author
Frédéric Mauro,
Collection
Rapports du GRIP
ISSN
24666734
Language
English
BISAC Subject Heading
POL000000 POLITICAL SCIENCE
Onix Audience Codes
06 Professional and scholarly
CLIL (Version 2013 )
3283 SCIENCES POLITIQUES
Title First Published
09 August 2018
Type of Work
Journal Issue

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Publication Date
09 August 2018
ISBN-13
9782872911233
Code
Epub97302
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Publication Date
09 August 2018
ISBN-13
9782872911219
Extent
Front matter page count (Roman) : 28
Code
97302
Dimensions
17 x 24 cm
Weight
66 grams
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6.00 €
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Contents


CONTENTS 2
A BRIEF HISTORY
OF THE BIRTH OF A CONCEPT 
A VAGUE CONCEPT ON THE CROSSROADS
OF FRENCH CONCERNS
AND EUROPEAN AMBITIONS
A. The French concept expressed
at the end of the Cold War 
B. A European concept connected
to the emergence of the idea
of common defence 
C. The concept becomes embedded
in French strategic thinking … 
D. … and in EU strategic thinking 
CLARIFYING THE CONCEPT:
AN ATTEMPT AT A DEFINITION 
A. From famine to feast
in doctrinal references 
B. A concept that is both relative
and contingent 
C. The various components
of strategic autonomy 
CONCLUSION


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