INEX-Workshop on “the ethical issues of CFSP/ESDP in the European borderlands”


10 February 2010

INEX-Workshop on “the ethical issues of CFSP/ESDP in the European borderlands”

On 11 February, 2010 Institute of European Studies (IES) will host a workshop in Brussels on behalf of INEX WP4: Ethical issues in the link between external and internal security in CFSP/ESDP. The title of the workshop is: “Ethical issues of CFSP/ESDP in the European borderlands”.


The objective of this workshop is to discuss the ethical consequence of the changes in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) including the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP). More specifically, It will examine the value assumptions underlying traditional CFSP/ESDP objectives including SSR, rule of law and peace building; and contrasts these assumptions with the value premises underlying JHA that touch on CFSP and that underline the increasing blurring between internal and external security objectives of EU external relations. Morover, the workshop will also discuss the consequences of these potentially conflicting objectives, including  the challenge of civil-military relations. Field experiences from the EU’s missions in Bosnia (EUPM), Kosovo (EULEX) and Georgia (EUMM) will serve as examples of the consequences of conflicting values within specific policies.


The workshop will be co-chaired by Prof. Eva Gross (IES) and J. Peter Burgess (PRIO / IES). Distinguished speakers include:


  • Mr. Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of EU`s Police Mission in BiH (EUPM)
  • Dr. Isabelle Ioannides, VU Amsterdam
  • Dr. Xiana Barros, EUI Florence
  • Dr. Ursula Schroeder, Free University Berlin
  • Prof. Susan Penksa, Westmont /IES


The workshop is organized within the INEX Project (Conflicting and converging ethical values in the internal/external security continuum in Europe). INEX is coordinated by PRIO and a project under the EU Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. It consists of eight partners including representatives from the security technology industry, academic institutions and universities, as well as security provision services. In large the project aim to address the changing social, cultural and political values that emerge from a shifting relationship between internal and external security in Europe.