Intelligence Cooperation in the European Union: An Impossible Dream?


BİLGİ Ş.

ALL AZIMUTH-A JOURNAL OF FOREIGN POLICY AND PEACE, vol.5, no.1, pp.57-67, 2016 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Title of Journal : ALL AZIMUTH-A JOURNAL OF FOREIGN POLICY AND PEACE
  • Page Numbers: pp.57-67
  • Keywords: Intelligence, European Union, intelligence organizations, intelligence cooperation, terrorism

Abstract

There has been a shift in the intelligence and security strategies of the states since 9/11. The attacks created a new security environment in which intelligence has become increasingly significant. Not only have the responsibilities and tasks of intelligence agencies become more important, but the necessity for intelligence and security service cooperation among nations has also increased. Accordingly, intelligence agencies had to update their strategies to put more emphasis on collaboration. This article analyzes the current EU intelligence network and tries to answer whether full intelligence cooperation in the EU could develop into a discrete organization in the aftermath of 2004 Madrid, 2005 London and the 7 January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks, or whether it is an impossible dream to have concerted action whereby states acknowledge their mutual alliances, interests, and strategies.