The EU released this report November 22, 2010, which lists five areas to focus on for improving security in Europe: organized crime, terrorism, cybercrime, border security, and disaster response. The strategy covers 2011-2014. Other EU security strategies were released in 2003 and 2015.
CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith says the Six Party Talks have built cooperation among Northeast Asian countries, which need to work together, particulary on North Korea, but also on growing tension between the United States and China over planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
In a Times of India op-ed, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates discusses opportunities for closer cooperation between India and the U.S. and emphasizes the mutual interests of regional stability and security in South Asia.
The African Union succeeded the old Organization for African Unity (OAU) in 2002. Since then, the new institution has struggled to reform governing bodies inherited from the OAU while shouldering challenging new peacekeeping missions.
The European Union initiated political, economic, and security discussions with post-Soviet Union states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. At a conference in Prague on May 7, 2009, the joint declaration describes these negotiations and their association agreements. EU has signed agreements with Ukraine and Georgia. Russia has initiated its own negotiations with Ukraine and Georgia separatist regions.
Eurasia's Shanghai Cooperation Organization has expanded its agenda to include wide-reaching security and economic initiatives, but it remains to be seen if the bloc's members can develop and implement unified policy.
For several years, high oil prices enabled the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to add large sums to their state coffers. Falling oil prices imply that some Gulf countries may need to draw on their depleted funds to cover their import bills. In this Center for Geoeconomic Studies Working Paper, Brad W. Setser and Rachel Ziemba examine the impact of the fall in global equities on the Gulf’s large funds and explore how various oil price scenarios could shape those funds’ future growth.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met in Fukuoka, Japan on December 13, 2008, to participate in their first trilateral talks outside of ASEAN. The trilateral summit was proposed by South Korea in 2004 to build cooperation on economic, humanitarian, security, and diplomatic issues.
The EU introduction to this report states: “The European Council adopted the European Security Strategy (ESS) in December 2003. For the first time, it established principles and set clear objectives for advancing the EU's security interests based on our core values. It is comprehensive in its approach and remains fully relevant. This report does not replace the ESS, but reinforces it. It gives an opportunity to examine how we have fared in practice, and what can be done to improve implementation.”
Additional EU security strategies were released in 2010 and in 2015.
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