European Union

EU Global Strategy Expert Opinion - No1 - 20 January 2016

EU Global Strategy Expert Opinion - No1 - 20 January 2016

Stephen Walt
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

 

The countries of Europe face serious problems: ageing populations, troubled economies, resurgent xenophobia, and a deteriorating security environment on their borders. Europe’s greatest strategic challenge, however, is recognising that it is no longer viewed by the US as the most important region of the world, thus signaling that Europe can no longer rely on American protection alone.

In the future, European countries will have to provide for their own defence and chart their own course in international affairs. But whether they will do so successfully is far from certain.