Working towards a more secure world: the role played by Europe

refugeesResearch by Professor David Galbreath of the University of Bath

Note from PaCCS: This case study was first published by the University of Bath. Professor David Galbreath has been accredited to PaCCS.

Global security has become more diffuse and irregular since the end of the Cold War. Europe’s role in regional and global security is marked by its ability to put agreements into practice through a larger security community consisting of European and North American states as well as key regional organisations such as the European Union (EU), North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and Council of Europe.

We have carried out extensive research on how the EU, NATO and the OSCE shape regional and global security in a range of different areas such as deterrence, arms control, managing ethnic conflict and Europe’s role in the world.

Professor David Galbreath’s research reveals the central role played by confidence and security building measures that improve trust, transparency and accountability. It has informed a variety of actors, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the OSCE, and Minority Rights Group International, on the policy-making processes of European security.

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