Date of Graduation

Spring 2008


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Bradley Thayer


This study proposes a conceptual formula for the division of labor between the European Union and NATO. It argues that there is a current lack of effective cooperation between the two organizations. This is illustrated by examining current formal and operational cooperation. NATO and the European Union should strive for further cooperation due to the numerous threats to security. Neither organization can address all of the threats on its own. The formula proposed is based on each organization's comparative advantage in capabilities and geographical concentration. By emphasizing the distinct advantages of NATO and the European Union, this study highlights how combining the capabilities provides a more effective cooperation. This study concentrates on creating cooperation in crisis management, but it also discusses how the formula can be applied to more complex security situations such as combating terrorism and Russia.


European Union, NATO, cooperation, division of labor, international security issues

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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