Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: The EU’s Global Strategy and Implications for Counterterrorism and Preventing Violent Extremism— Food for Thought

This think piece assesses the Global Strategy on the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) and presents ideas on how the EUGS helps the EU to address terrorism and prevent and counter violent extremism with its partners. It provides the background of the development of the Global Strategy and its assessment of the current threat landscape before exploring the Global Strategy’s potential for helping the EU to enhance and sustain its efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism and counter terrorism, including by leveraging its diplomatic and capacity-building comparative advantages and deepening its cooperation with partners such as the United Nations. With emphasis on ensuring more efficient and coherent EU external action, the piece concludes with some reflections on the crucial issue of implementing the EUGS and some recommendations for the EU to consider in the near and medium term.

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