Vopnasala í Evrópu: Valdinu ögrað

Vopnasala í Evrópu: Valdinu ögrað

Tomas Baum, forstöðumaður Flæmsku friðarstofnunarinnar í Belgíu hélt erindi um vopnasölu í Evrópu föstudaginn 25. nóvember, Oddi 201 og fjallaði um hvernig nýlegar breytingar kalla á skilvirkari reglugerðir varðandi vígbúnað, vopnasölu og hernað.

Hér má finna skýrslu frá Flæmsku friðarstofnuninni um vopnasölu í Evrópu: The Common Position on arms exports in the light of the emerging European defence market

Arms Trade from a European Perspective: Challenging the Normative Power
 
At the root of the EU’s activities in controlling arms trade lie its foreign policy ambitions. Ambitions that are often summarized under the umbrella term ‘normative power’. The self image of the EU does not allow it to contribute to conflict by means of the delivery of arms to parties in conflict. The principle of sovereignty implies, however, that European foreign policy is to a large extent member state driven. This means that the development of a harmonized European policy in arms trade poses many challenges for an EU living up to its normative ambitions. Recent developments in the European defense market, mainly based on economic considerations, have increased the stakes for efficient arms control regulation. I argue that the challenges in this area are manifold: de-securitization, coherence in EU policy and the integrity of the idea of the EU as a normative power.