Articles on Security and Defence

Macron and the European Intervention Initiative: Erasmus for soldiers? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 22 May 2018

The cultivation of a shared strategic European defence culture must encompass the possibility – the likelihood, in fact – of autonomous European action

Lethal weapon: Has Trump mis-stepped on Ukraine? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 May 2018

Sending anti-tank guided weapons to Ukraine is the right decision. But the Trump administration has gone about it the wrong way.

Germany’s defence commitments: nothing but paper tigers? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 27 March 2018

Scepticism about Germany’s willingness to confront a revisionist Russia in 2014 has vanished. But there is new disappointment that the German diplomatic leadership has no military equivalent.

Time to talk: Europe and the Vulnerability Equities Process (Commentary)

by Teodora Delcheva & Stefan Soesanto - 21 March 2018

A New Beginning for European Defence (Commentary)

Mark Leonard & Norbert Röttgen - 14 February 2018

It is time to move past institutional integration and develop practical European security capabilities.

Britain’s Strategic Defence and Security Review and deterring Russia (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 22 January 2018

Russia is being weaponised to justify big-ticket buys for the UK military, yet there’s little talk of what Moscow thinks matters.

Pesco, the impotent gorilla (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 17 November 2017

Criticisms of PESCO could equally be applied to Germany’s broader security and defence policy.

EU defence efforts miss the open goal again (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 15 November 2017

PESCO’s commitments have been watered down so as to become virtually meaningless.

Time for the Sleeping Beauty to wake (Commentary)

Enrique Mora Benavente - 15 November 2017

Whether Europe will be able to make a difference in foreign policy depends on whether member states can fulfil PESCO’s commitments.