Defence and security

Europe's East 18-06-2020

It is time for the EU to build security partnerships with its neighbours

As the EU is discussing the way to develop the Eastern Partnership policy for the decade ahead, it is time for the EU to finally become more ambitious about the security dimension of this partnership, three former Eastern Partnership foreign...
07-05-2020

Strategic security implications due to COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 will cause us to reconsider what composes a security threat and have major implication on strategic security, writes Vira Ratsiborynska.
06-05-2020

UN Peacekeepers must stay the course

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched UN peacekeepers—civilian, military,  and police —were a thin blue line helping to protect civilians, support peace agreements and contain conflicts in hot spots and war zones across the globe, write Atul Khare and Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
05-05-2020

Will the EU fight for peace or prepare for war? It can’t have it both ways

The EU bears a huge responsibility for what the future will look like, and has a key choice to make: work for sustainable peace by seriously tackling the root causes of conflicts, or continue the path to militarism and prepare for war, writes Laëtitia Sédou
27-04-2020

European defence should not be the casualty of ‘the Great Lockdown’

Europe is currently facing an unprecedented sanitary crisis, which will have gigantic economic consequences and could turn into a severe depression. A group of defence experts argue that defence should be included in the critical sectors as the EU renegotiates its next long-term budget that will seek to boost recovery.
22-04-2020

The EU must adopt a concerted effort to protect peace processes

As Europe takes tentative steps to ease the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, it cannot neglect the virus’ potential to wreak havoc in the poorest and most fragile states around the world, writes Michael Keating. Michael Keating is the executive director of...
20-04-2020

It’s time to vaccinate Europe’s defence budgets

Europe’s armed forces are rightfully being applauded for their efforts in limiting the disastrous effects of COVID-19, but the test of whether European militaries are truly valued will be measured over the next few years as pressure on defence budgets mount, write Daniel Fiott, Torben Schütz and Marcin Terlikowski.
09-04-2020

COVID-19 and the EU’s security and defence policy

The COVID-19 pandemic, which began to spread from Asia in late 2019, has hit the EU hard. Although previously prepared documents such as the 2016 EU Global Strategy have highlighted that preventing, detecting and responding to global pandemics is an EU priority, the Union—like most of the world—was caught off guard, writes Niklas Novaky.
01-04-2020

Coronavirus has changed the future of national security forever. Here’s how

Nuclear war was the great fear of the 20th century and our institutions were built to respond to such threats. But Covid-19 has shown the world’s defence experts that we were blind, writes Stephan Blank.
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27-03-2020

Developing the value of transatlantic defence industry cooperation

On 4 March 2020, Chris Lombardi, Vice President European Business Development at Raytheon, sat down at the German Marshall Fund’s conference in Brussels to discuss Raytheon’s contributions and commitment to ‘Developing the Value of Transatlantic Defence Industry Cooperation.’
Arab Spring 21-01-2020

After Berlin, the EU needs to translate commitments on Libya into actions

Following a positive Libya peace summit in Berlin, the EU needs to back up commitments with actions, although the path ahead remains fraught with difficulty,  writes Tom Garofalo.
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02-12-2019

Keeping NATO’s competitive edge through cooperation, not isolation

Leaders of the 29 nation-strong North Atlantic Alliance gather in London this week to mark its 70th anniversary to examine the emerging security challenges that it will face in the forthcoming days.
Global Europe 28-11-2019

Space traffic management – the next challenge for Europe’s leadership in space:

The EU needs to show leadership on space traffic management to ensure that it protects its increasingly important space infrastructure, writes Marian Jean Marinescu.
18-10-2019

EU should put human life over profits of arms industry

Almost five years after the start of the Saudi-led intervention, the war in Yemen still rages on. While thousands have died, one actor that has fared well: the European arms industry, write Hans Lammerant and Bram Vranken.
Global Europe 17-10-2019

Turkey’s incursion into Syria is making the EU and Kurds rethink their friends

The EU may condemn Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, yet it also has Turkey to thank for holding back the migrant crisis. Publicly, Europe wants to send a message. Privately, it knows it cannot say too much, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
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03-10-2019

Recent exercises demonstrate importance of layered integrated air and missile defence to counter advanced threats

Europe’s adversaries are constantly developing new airborne capabilities – from swarming drones to long-range ballistic and hypersonic missiles. Left unchecked, these threaten millions of lives in Europe, as well as NATO’s strategic networks across the continent.
26-09-2019

Poland’s double-game on defence matters

Poland's decision to buy American F-35 aircraft sounds like Warsaw snubbing European projects. However, the EU member state, is also in breach of its commitments, writes Nicholas Gros-Verheyde.
Climate change 28-08-2019

An EU agenda for climate security

Responding to the unprecedented challenge posed by climate change will require all actors – including the defence and security community – to step outside their comfort zone, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
20-08-2019

Gulf crisis is testing a new generation of European leaders

A new generation of EU leaders is grappling with the shipping crisis in the Arabian Gulf in a way that could determine the future military posture of individual countries, and perhaps even of the European Union, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
5G 19-06-2019

Protecting Europe from China will strengthen the future of NATO

Competition with China is mostly economic, but NATO members need to pay attention. American and European interests align when it comes to the growing strategic competition between the Western alliance and China, writes Douglas Lute.
06-05-2019

Iran and the US are inching toward war

There can be little doubt now that Iran and the US are inching toward full-scale war. All attempts by either to force a change in the other’s behavior have come to nothing. Conflict now seems inevitable, writes Dnyanesh Kamat.
24-04-2019

Mogherini’s tarnished legacy

Paradoxically it was the EU’s closest partner, the United States, that has done most to damage Federica Mogherini's legacy as High Representative with a full-scale assault on the EU’s commitment to multilateralism, writes Fraser Cameron.
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04-04-2019

NATO at 70: The enduring transatlantic alliance for peace and security

For 70 years, NATO continues to play a crucial role in our defence and security. The emerging threats may vary, but if NATO continues its collaborative, innovative practices then it will remain as relevant today as it was in 1949.
04-03-2019

Five paradoxes EU must address to effectively respond to crises beyond its borders

There are five paradoxes the EU must address to effectively respond to crises and conflicts beyond its borders, argues Bård Drange.
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