Security

Politics 30-03-2020

After the pandemic: COVID-19 exposes threat of biological warfare

The global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has shaken confidence in governments’ capacity to respond to threats that the scientific and health communities have long have well aware of. From Asia to Europe to North America, health authorities are struggling to cope, writes Ellen Laipson.

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.
Politics 18-04-2019

Weapons research is undermining European democracy

The European Parliament is voting on Thursday (18 April) on the European Defence Fund, a multi-billion military research programme. Not only is this Fund a step in the militarisation of the EU, but it is also undermining European democracy, writes Bram Vranken.
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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.
Central Asia 09-10-2018

Religion should not be used to sow divisions

In recent years, many thousands have died and millions more had to flee their homes due to conflicts in which religion has been used to justify discrimination and violence. Countering these dangerous distortions is one of the challenges that religious leaders will address in Astana on 10 and 11 October, writes Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

Djibouti: What Europe should understand of China’s approach to military expansion

China’s military presence in Djibouti has an impact on peace and stability in the region, which directly affects the interests of European countries in Africa, writes Yun Sun.
Politics 30-08-2018

Europe should counter Iran’s cyber espionage, infiltration, terrorism

The more discord persists in the West over the means of responding to Iranian covert operations, the more impact these operations will have, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Central Asia 29-08-2018

A day to reflect on our nuclear weapon-free future

29 August was chosen by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the closure of the Semapalatinsk nuclear test site, and to promote the initiative for a nuclear weapon-free world, writes the Astana Times in an editorial article.
Freedom of thought 23-08-2018

Inclusion of youth is key to averting a shift towards violence

Public authorities in Europe and elsewhere need to engage with young people and take their feeling of being excluded from economic, social and political life seriously if they want to tackle urban violence effectively, writes Scott Weber.
Politics 19-07-2018

EU must respond firmly to Tehran terror plot on European soil

The EU’s eagerness to further unconditional engagements with Iran seems to have only made Europe more vulnerable to state sponsored terrorism, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras.

Tackling hybrid threats, in Europe and the UK

The June European Council is an opportunity to make sure we have the right measures in place to tackle hostile state threats to security such as cyber attacks, disinformation and meddling in elections, writes Mark Sedwill.
Global Europe 26-02-2018

How to get Europe back into the Middle East

The Foreign Affairs Council is right to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when it meets Arab leaders on Monday, but it’s on Iran that the EU is needed the most, writes Franco Frattini, the former Italian foreign minister.
Politics 16-02-2018

European defence: Old wine in new bottles?

Deeper defence cooperation within the EU via PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) was launched with great fanfare at the end of 2017. But only time will tell whether anything of substance will be achieved by PESCO, writes Nick Witney.
Climate change 15-02-2018

Countering terror doesn’t need to cost the Earth

While the risks of terrorism should not be downplayed, the extensive nature of climate change risks should not be downplayed either. Often times, the impacts are less visible but more significant, argues Janani Vivekananda.  
Politics 05-02-2018

Let’s end our pygmy politics so we can have a proper EU foreign policy

The next "foreign minister" at the head of the EEAS, must be a heavy-hitter with the authority and courage to rally EU governments behind a recognisable foreign policy on global challenges, writes Giles Merritt.
Defence policy 01-02-2018

Pakistan’s counter-terrorism needs to be aligned with EU

If the EU wishes to defend human rights, and comply with its own counter-terrorism pledges, Pakistan’s incoherent counter-terrorism strategies should be at the top of every joint commission and negotiation, writes Charles Tannock.
Politics 04-12-2017

Europe must guide Trump on Iran nuclear deal

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test is an unsettling reminder of what happens when there is no agreement in place to moderate the behaviour of a bellicose regime. Consider if Iran was similarly unfettered, writes Luigi Scazzieri.
Freedom of thought 01-12-2017

Wahhabism has a huge outreach in Belgium

The recent debate over the Salafist cleric in Belgium shows that non-violent extremism cannot be ignored, writes Eli Hadzhieva
Politics 16-11-2017

PESCO: Pragmatic and virtually apolitical

Europe has no common defence strategy. 23 member states now nevertheless want to work closer together in military terms.  A good interim solution, argues Anna Sauerbrey from EURACTIV Germany’s media partner „Der Tagesspiegel.”
Global Europe 16-11-2017

Support for arms industry will not make the world a safer place

The proposal by the European Commission for a European Defence Fund signifies an unprecedented acceleration in the militarization of the European Union. The only one who stands to benefit is the arms industry – and its capacity to export. It is time the European Parliament wakes up and stops any further attempts to support the arms industry, says Bram Vranken.
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Politics 27-10-2017

Barcelona mayor: ‘Security challenges call for joined efforts and innovative responses’

We are living in extremely complex times. Cities are directly affected by global challenges such as the terrorist threats, increasing inequality and climate change but they do not have the resources they need to tackle them effectively.
Global Europe 17-10-2017

It’s high time Macron or Juncker gave a speech at ESA

Europe’s leaders need to set forth the threats to Europe that could come from failure to exercise space leadership. Vidvuds Beldavs suggests what Emmanuel Macron or Jean-Claude Juncker could say to take Europe to the forefront of space exploration.
Freedom of thought 17-10-2017

In Europe, a new wave of terrorism driven by social media

The proliferation of extremist content online has led to growing pressure on tech firms. The EU has an opportunity to provide leadership by developing clear standards to decrease the prevalence of extremist propaganda, writes Radek Sikorski.

How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21

In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.