Articles on Security and Defence

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.

Countering online radicalisation (Commentary)

Stefan Soesanto & Fosca D'Incau - 19 July 2017

Part of the solution is to rely on the internet’s most essential strength - its vast army of ordinary users.

At last, the stars are aligned for European defence (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 26 May 2017

It is beginning to look as though the concept of ring-fencing or reserving a portion of national budgets to be spent collaboratively might finally get airborne.

Trident replacement: losing its vocation? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 21 March 2017

Britain’s departure from the EU may make the case for its nuclear deterrent replacement harder to sustain.

European defence and the two per cent mantra (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 28 February 2017

The best route to improved European defence capabilities is to build on the patchwork of co-operation that already exists – with Germany at its centre.