A Common Foreign and Security Policy

Democracy, negotiation, and collective decision-making through multilateralism are all inherent attributes of the modern EU.&nbsp. The European Union, as an expression of its constituent members, represents the best of the European democratic tradition to the benefit of all member states (Warleigh 2004).&nbsp.&nbsp.&nbsp.Accordingly, the European Union continues to evolve, especially in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union.&nbsp. The institutional framework of the European Union is unique and this research paper will explore the development of a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) in the wake of new challenges in the twenty-first century.&nbsp. What are the major challenges to the CFSP and can the EU successfully develop a Common Foreign and Security Policy?&nbsp. Seeking to address these questions and many more, the following will explore the viability of the CFSP in a united Europe which continues to expand towards the East.&nbsp. Begin with an analysis of the fall of the Soviet Union and the ramifications of this incredible fact on the EU.&nbsp. We then turn to an analysis of EU enlargement and explore the establishment of the CFSP in an enlarged European Union.&nbsp.&nbsp.Process of Enlargement
The European Union is presently in a process of enlargement, choosing to increase its membership and capabilities in response to new global realities in the post-Cold War and post-9/11 world.&nbsp. With respect to the EU, enlargement is eastward, towards the eastern fringes of Europe and the former satellite states of the Soviet Union.&nbsp. Enlargement in the post-Cold War world is likely to transform and fundamentally alter both the political and economic landscapes of modern Europe. Although NATO, another multilateral organization, expanded its base significantly following 9/11 and the European Union is also undergoing a process of expansion, it is fair to say that overall, European integration is a much slower process than the attainment of membership in the Atlantic Alliance.&nbsp. &nbsp.