Writing under the headline “EU and US – Strategic Partners in Peace and Security” in an op-ed in The Hill, João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the U.S., notes that “thousands of EU personnel are currently staffing 13 active peace-keeping missions around the world in fragile states.”
Ambassador Vale de Almeida writes that EU missions help train police in Afghanistan, establish the rule of law in Iraq, and contribute to Kosovo’s efforts to develop an independent and multi-ethnic justice system and police and customs services. And military operations have helped stabilize conflict zones in the Western Balkans and parts of Africa.
“Why should this matter to the United States?” asks Ambassador Vale de Almeida. “It matters because the EU is America’s foremost strategic partner in promoting peace and stability, democracy, and development around the world.”