Rethinking European Security

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Europeans are facing an increasingly complex and diverse set of threats. Overall, their priority remains deterrence, defence and crisis management. But they are also under increasing pressure to adapt to non-military threats such as cyber-attacks, economic interference and disinformation campaigns, and to respond to the potential security impact of complex transnational risks like climate change.
Clearly, Europeans need to take new risks seriously in order to find adequate responses to dealing with them. Recent events (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic, rise of China, new and emerging technologies, agenda of ‘European strategic sovereignty’, urgency of the climate crisis) have brought this wider, more ‘holistic’ approach to security higher on the policy agenda. But unnecessary securitization could also risk closing off avenues for rational public deliberation and producing bad policies.
These are not new debates, as concepts such as ‘securitization’ and ‘human security’ have been discussed in academic circles for decades, but to what extent is the concept of ‘security’ more broadly used in Europe today? If so, what impact – if any - on policymaking and on new policy areas?
Period24 Nov 2021
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Europe
  • security
  • securitization
  • health
  • cyber war
  • environmental security
  • immigration
  • economic security
  • trade policy
  • Asean
  • China
  • multilateralism
  • policy making
  • threats
  • risks
  • climate security
  • human security
  • digital/data security