EU-Japan Security Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities





George Christou


University of Essex, Online paper series, Spring/Summer 2017.


The main aim of this paper will be to illuminate further the underlying perceptions, norms, principles and  logics  that  underpin  the  EU  approach with the objective of providing a contextual platform for exploring the prospect for cooperation and convergence with Japan on issues relating to the security of  cyberspace. The  paper  will be structured in the following way in order to  achieve  its  main objectives. Section I will provide a brief overview of the conceptual landscape and its relevance for understanding the EU’s cybersecurity development. Section II will sketch out the EU’s approach, logics and values that underpin it. Section III will then focus on EU cyber threat perceptions, cybersecurity instruments and practices and the international dimension in particular. The paper concludes by providing thoughts on the EU approach and what this potentially implies for future cooperation with what is considered to be a ‘like-minded’ state, Japan.