Global Perspectives on Europe’s Strategic Future

‘Global Perspectives on Europe’s Strategic Future,’ A project of the Atlantic Council of the US and Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, London

ACUS RUSI StudyCo-author with Prof. Michael Clarke, Director General, RUSI; Dr. Jonathan Eyal, Director of International Security Studies, RUSI; Jeff Lightfoot, Deputy Director, The Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council of the US; Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President, Centre for Policy Research, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India; and Barry Pavel, Director, The Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council of the US

This is a compendium of analytical studies assessing the strategic and geopolitical future of Europe. They examine the role of Europe in the global political economy and geopolitical relations from the perspectives of Europe itself, as well as the U.S. and other regions, in particular Asia. Overall, the studies consider that Europe’s future geopolitical role will be shaped by the ways in which the European Union reconciles its deep-seated structural problems. The progression or digression of military, economic and political union will decide Europe’s engagement in the world, and whether it can project influence independently or will continue to rely on soft power and multilateral approaches. Ultimately, Europe’s international standing rests on the ability of the European Union to sustain itself, which in turn is dependent on the political will of the Europeans themselves. The analysis anticipates that Europe’s geopolitical role is undergoing changes that can prove significant, but the fundamental factors of European geopolitical weight are unlikely to evolve beyond recognition, and will still rest on the economic, cultural, socio-political, and military wherewithal that specific member countries would possess and be willing to exert on behalf of the respective guise that the European Union will don in the future.