Europe Must Adapt to a Dangerous World

Security is essential for economic viability, and the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels suggest that European Union leaders underestimated the jihadist influences within their cities and the aggression near its borders. EU leaders must master geopolitics, influencing regional events and engaging in great power competition. The continent may be over-reliant on the United States for security, writes Daniel Twining, director and senior fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, adding that the European Union must adapt to new forces transforming global politics or risk the fate of previous imperial experiments to unite the continent, all of which ended in failure.” For a model Europe might consider parts of the US response after the 9/11 attacks – increasing intelligence and military spending, consolidating and eliminating barriers among security agencies, increasing surveillance, developing domestic energy sources and leveraging a network of allies.