Common Security and Defence Policy in the Twenty-First Century

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general syren 13 Jan 2011General Håkan Syrén, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, will reflect on the significant security challenges confronting western democracies and question how the EU might respond to them.

In his lecture, General Syrén will discuss the strengths of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP); consider the opportunities for CSDP opened by the future environment and assess what scope there is for it to evolve from the rather limited military operations and civil-military missions that have been undertaken to date. He will address some of the potential challenges to CSDP and look at the evolving nature of the relationship between the EU and other organisations involved in international security.

General Håkan Syrén became Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC) in Brussels on 6 November 2009. Before taking up his current appointment, he was Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces from 2004 to 2009. He also served as Chief of Joint Military Intelligence and Security from 1999 to 2003. General Syrén graduated in 1973 from the Swedish Naval Academy as a Lieutenant in the Coastal Artillery. His military education includes the Staff Course and the Command and General Staff Course at the Swedish War College in Stockholm. He also studied at the Naval War College, Newport, USA from 1988 to 1989.

An optional £10 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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