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Externally, Spain’s security will be strengthened if the EU becomes consolidated as a global actor. To this end it is necessary to reinforce and fully deploy the European External Action Service (EEAS) that represents the EU throughout the world; to develop the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) equipped with appropriate and credible military resources; and to fully develop the different capabilities of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ). In particular, the EU is the only organisation in the world in a position to combine civilian and military means in crisis management. The experience of conflicts in recent decades indicates to what extent the ability to act in this comprehensive manner is the only way of successfully addressing their resolution. The EU must make further and deeper progress in this field in order to contribute to the security of Europe and Spain... In the Euro-Atlantic area NATO is a determining factor for regional security and represents an essential dimension of our defence... Other security organisations, such as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), constitute appropriate frameworks for promoting confidence-building measures or continuing to encourage the process of disarmament and arms control, which will lead to greater security for Spain. (NSS 2013)

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