Europe's New Foreign Policy Leader: What Role in Nonproliferation?   [open pdf - 743KB]

This issue is from the March 2010 issue of WMD Insights, a publication sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency "intended to provide timely and noteworthy unclassified information on international attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction and efforts to curb their proliferation." From the article: "Baroness Catherine Ashton of Upholland was not the most likely pick to become the European Union's (EU) new foreign policy chief, but she may be the best-suited individual for the job. On November 19, 2009, 27 European Council leaders appointed Lady Ashton as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Lady Ashton was among those most surprised that she had been catapulted into the post, which includes wide-ranging policy-making powers, a large annual budget, and, in the future, a worldwide staff in the form of a European diplomatic corps. She assumed her position on December 1, 2009, the date the Lisbon Treaty entered into force (see textbox). Initially it seemed that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) nonproliferation would be a back-burner issue under Lady Ashton. Going before the European Parliament for her hearing to become Vice President of the European Commission in January 2010, however, Lady Ashton made it clear that preventing the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons to states and non-state actors will continue to be a top priority for the EU. Further, it appears that Europe's foreign policy czarina possesses a skill-set that matches well the EU's most important role as a force for WMD nonproliferation: to be a multilateral, momentum-increasing, and capacity-building entity that seeks long term solutions to WMD proliferation challenges." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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WMD Insights (March 2010) no.32, p.42-50
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