In June 2015, the European Council mandated the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to prepare a new Global Strategy for the European Union. From the occurrence of the Arab Spring, the difficulties of the international community to tackle global terrorism and resolve asymmetric conflicts, to the growing importance of cyber security, the EU had to take into account the major changes that occurred since the last implementation report of the European Security Strategy in 2008. After a long process of consultation with the different stakeholders, the Global Strategy for the European Union͛s Foreign and Security Policy was finally released in June 2016. The purpose of this workshop is to make a critical assessment of the content of the new global strategy and of its potential to provide ͚a collective sense of direction͛ to the EU͛s external action. The workshop will more particularly focus on the impact of the new strategy on the EU͛s Asia policies. The growing economic interdependence between the EU and Asia indeed requires the EU to enhance its strategic engagement with Asia at the political level. The workshop is the final event of the Euro-Asia Summer School that the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies organizes together with Hitotsubashi University and Seoul National University.
ECDPM’s James Mackie gave a presentation on “Development and the EU global strategy”.