The Europeanization of Military Training and Education

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“The Europeanization of Military Training and Education” is a Marie Curie project based at the UCD School of Politics and International Relation. The main researcher on the project is Dr. Tamir Libel, who will conduct research on the topic under the guidance of the Principal Investigator Prof Ben Tonra.


The proposed research is an original, path breaking project which will for the first time offer a comparative analysis of military education and training in Europe within the context of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It will also directly assess the potential and utility of a European Military Academy as a means to contribute to the goals set forward in the European Union’s Security Strategy.  It will do so through a multidisciplinary research programme applying a range of appropriate methodological approaches.

In the aftermath of the Cold War, European militaries have drastically transformed national systems of officer education. Several have consolidated their military education institutions, which had once enjoyed considerable autonomy, into a new arrangement of National Defence Universities with civilian academic accreditation. At the same time, European militaries are under considerable pressure – within the context of the CSDP and the European Security Strategy – to maximize interoperability, to improve military capacity and to meet the challenges of the new security environment.

The proposed research aims to analyze this shift in European military education and training, and thereby;

1.      To consider the derivation of these reforms,

2.      To consider the impact(s) of civilianization and Europeanization on well-established institutions with a powerful military ethos,

3.      To disaggregate the impacts of these reforms on military education institutions and their students,

4.      To investigate future implications of these reforms on the nature of the European military profession and civilian-military relations.

5.      To contextualize these reforms within the EU, assessing the scope for further intra-European cooperation in military education and the potential viability and utility of a European Military Academy.

For any further information on this project,  please contact: Prof Ben Tonra (