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The Role of Parliamentarians in building security in and for Europe
Ian Anthony
SIPRI Policy Paper No. 44
ISBN: 978-91-85114-88-7

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Europe does not have a common security system that is capable of preventing confl icts and violence. Despite the trend towards tighter controls from individual states, the cooperative approach to security in Europe remains the most convincing model in light of the increased integration and internationalization of the world. This Policy Paper focuses on the role of parliamentarians in reassessing and building security in Europe.

The paper presents parliamentary expectations and capacities, identifies available instruments, and recommends approaches and actions to increase effectiveness. Brief case studies illustrate the powerful influence that parliamentarians can exert. Finally, the paper proposes three specific projects that address discrete security problems and could help to develop high-impact parliamentary contributions to building cooperative security in and for Europe.

About the author

Ian Anthony (UK) is Director of the SIPRI European Security Programme. He was previously Director of the SIPRI Disarmament, Arms Control and Nonproliferation Programme. His publications include Strengthening the European Union’s Future Approach to WMD Non-proliferation, SIPRI Policy Paper no. 37 (2013, co-author) and The Future of Nuclear Weapons in NATO (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2010, co-author).

Publisher: SIPRI
ISBN 978-91-85114-88-7
29 pp.
December 2015


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