Articles on Security and Defence

Why Europe is very nervous about a Trump-Putin summit (Commentary)

Carl Bildt - 11 July 2018

In a Trump-Putin meeting, who gets the show, and who gets the substance? 

Trump’s meaningless NATO spending debate (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 09 July 2018

Europeans spending more on defence will not satisfy Donald Trump. Here’s why

Mali’s impunity problem and growing security crisis (Commentary)

Andrew Lebovich - 28 June 2018

On June 13 Malian soldiers and security forces were responsible for killing more than 30 civilians throughout the country - the government and international forces have been unable to reverse the trend

Brexit, defence, and the EU’s quest for ‘strategic autonomy’ (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 25 June 2018

EU members may not feel they can trust the Brits on defence. But the UK’s past reliability on this front suggests they should

Pedantry in motion: European intervention hits the language barrier (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 07 June 2018

German politicians struggle to endorse Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for a “European Intervention Initiative” not least because the term intervention sounds misleading in German.

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.