Defence and security


Russia is making the West more united than ever

If the Russian-Ukrainian conflict turns hot again, the response of the West will not be as muted as in 2014 when Crimea was invaded and annexed, writes Róbert Vass.

A unique opportunity to strengthen EU-NATO cooperation

Some duplications, or thematic overlap, between the EU’s Strategic Compass and NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept will be inevitable but necessary, writes Niklas Novaky.

How France can promote EU interests in the UN Security Council

France won't give up its UN Security Council to the European Union any time soon—but alternatives may exist, write Nick Lokker and Francis Shin.

Emerging technology, the geo-economic Achilles’ heel NATO needs to address

Emerging technologies are the geo-economics Achilles heel NATO needs to address to deter aggressors, write General John Allen, Heiko Borchert and Marcin Zaborowski. General John Allen is President of Brookings and former Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in...

A Helsinki spirit? The EU should pay attention to Finland’s initiative

The European Union has multiple reasons for embracing the Helsinki Spirit initiative as it would complement the ongoing internal EU-level reflection processes on the bloc's future and strengthen its ability to implement its multilateralism strategy, write Niklas Nováky and Henri Vanhanen.

Time to make the leap with European crisis response units

Over the past few months, corridor gossip has spread about an alleged Commission proposal for a 5,000 unit-strong EU “initial entry force”. Political will is both the main trigger and obstacle in the process, write Francesca Romana D'Antuono, Reinier van Lanschot, and Emile Fabre.

The Brief, powered by GIE — French frigates to fight German submarines in the Aegean?

The EU is quick to call for de-escalation in case of conflicts, it is ambitious about setting itself targets such as “strategic autonomy”, and it succeeds to make its voice heard in the world.

The Brief, powered by EPRA – A China war by the backdoor

As diplomatic snubs go, the announcement by the United States, Britain, and Australia that they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific which would also help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines - scrapping a $40 billion French-designed submarine deal in the process - is hard to beat.

The Brief – Security awakening or another false dawn?

Following the recent security disaster in Afghanistan and the unfolding refugee crisis/migration dispute, another common EU defence idea has resurfaced. But will it actually become reality this time?

Why Europe’s militaries should worry about climate change

As the planet heats up and extreme weather events become more devastating and frequent, Europe’s armed forces and their capabilities will increasingly be challenged as well, argues Lukas Trakimavičius.

France’s exit from the Sahel war offers Russia an opportunity to move in

Another Western army is leaving a fragile, landlocked region. But whereas the United States has pulled its troops out of one country, Afghanistan, France is walking away from five, argues Faisal Al Yafai

NATO and its nuclear policy: In contradiction to its own security objectives

The existence of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons  - and its entry into force on 22 January 2021 - rang as an earthquake among states possessing or supporting a nuclear deterrence policy, write Jean-Marie Collin, Susi Snyder, and Tuva Widskjold.

The Brief, powered by ESA – Black Sea sabre rattling

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (30 June) that Russia could have sunk a British warship that, according to Moscow, had illegally entered its territorial waters.

How the competition against China could improve NATO

Allowing the US to focus its military resources in the Pacific requires a division of labor within NATO that requires the Europeans to take responsibility for the defense of their continent, writes Antonia Colibasanu.

Lobbying and undue influence: It’s time to put the spotlight on defence

Defence is one of the most important policy areas for governments around the world, but related decision-making is rarely as transparent and fair as it should be and lawmakers must shine a light on lobbying by the arms industry, argues Charlie Linney.
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Driving innovation in the civil, defence and space industries

The EU action plan on linking space and defence is a step forward. But much more needs to be done if Europe is to develop the next generation of critical defence capabilities, writes Simon Hoey.
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The Brief, powered by GIE – Wind of change over Berlin

German federal elections are rarely fought on foreign policy. But if they were to be, the Greens – we now know – could be more than a safe contender. Knowing that Germany’s incumbent chancellor is stepping down for good in...

The Brief, powered by BP – Franco-German troubleshooting

Two parallel efforts to develop Europe’s next-generation fighter jets are making progress. One of them, however, looks like it is stalling, caught in a spat between participants and political realities. The European defence market is looking forward to two sixth-generation...

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – A NATO for Asia?

The Biden administration is wasting no time with its foreign agenda. Under the thumb of a very capable diplomat, Anthony Blinken, the US is mobilising its Asian allies against China in a way reminiscent of how NATO was built in the period after the Second World War, only faster.

The EU needs a new approach in the Sahel

This week's G5 Sahel meeting in Chad has underscored the urgent need for a rethink of the EU's approach to the Sahel region, write Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana and Dissan Gnoumou.

New EU defence initiatives for old political problems

In security and defence, let-downs garner more attention than successes. The EU Global Strategy is a perfect example, writes Raluca Csernatoni.

What is the place of EU’s partnerships agenda in Strategic Compass? 

The development of the EU's Strategic Compass should involve a strategic deepening of EU relations with its partners, write Kinga Brudzinska and Lucia Rybnikárová.

A new dawn for nuclear disarmament, a new voice needed for the EU

As of today, 22 January 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force and bans the most destructive and inhumane class of weapons ever created. While the EU’s member states do not yet take the...

Nothing to celebrate in 2020? 20 years of UNSC 1325

2020 did not bring significant progress for the agenda of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the COVID19 pandemic even caused significant setbacks for women's rights, writes Brigitta von Messling.