Defence and security Archives

  • Azerbaijan’s strength is not only on battlefield, it’s in international law

    Stakeholder Opinion | Azerbaijan 07-10-2020

    At a time when Armenian military forces have been dealt a significant blow and lack manpower and military equipment to resist Azerbaijan’s counter-offensive operation, Azerbaijan demands the restoration of its internationally recognized territorial integrity, writes Vasif Huseynov.

  • Seventy-five years after Hiroshima, total nuclear disarmament must still be pursued


    Last month marked the seventy-fifth year after the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today, on the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, we call for a European leap forward in creating conditions to achieve security in the twenty-first century, write seven EU lawmakers.

  • The budget deal and EU defence cooperation: What are the implications?


    Most headlines on the EU budget deal will focus on the response to Covid-19. But the new budget will include billions for new EU defence initiatives, writes Niklas Novaky.

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

    Europe's East 18-06-2020

    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 …

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 the …

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.