Articles on Security and Defence

Beware of mission-accomplished syndrome: Germany and European defence (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 10 August 2020

It is ill-advised for Germany to be complacent on common European defence – especially at a moment when the country holds the presidency of the Council of the EU.

Russia’s nuclear deterrence principles: what they imply, and what they do not (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 12 June 2020

Russia’s nuclear policy has long been shrouded in secrecy. But a newly published presidential decree on nuclear deterrence clarifies some issues while still leaving ample room for speculation.

Germany, the Tornado, and the future of NATO (Commentary)

Rafael Loss - 30 April 2020

Germany’s nuclear sharing role in NATO is no given – and what political leaders in Berlin do next will have implications for the whole alliance.

How Europe can avert a clash over the Iran arms embargo (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 29 April 2020

France, Germany, and the United Kingdom will have to decide whether to support the US cause to extend the UN embargo or oppose it. But neither option is ideal.

Land of the lost: My trip to the Munich Security Conference (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 14 February 2020

With such a smorgasbord of offerings, most people eat the familiar food and leave the conference pleasantly full of the same ideas that they entered with.

The search for freedom of action: Macron’s speech on nuclear deterrence (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 07 February 2020

The French president reached out to the rest of Europe on Russia, the transatlantic relationship, and European solidarity.

 

Soleimani strike: Loosening future restraints on military action? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 07 January 2020

The drone strike against Soleimani marks a novel shift in targeted killing, dangerous to the global order.

Open Skies: Trump’s next big blunder? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 04 December 2019

Partisan argument in Washington is helping undermine the Open Skies Treaty. The US could lose one of the most useful instruments in its relations with Russia.

Another NATO summit train wreck? Here’s hoping (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 02 December 2019

NATO leaders should put the US security guarantee at the heart of this week’s summit. The fractious meeting that results could even be a good thing for Europe.

Two people separated by a common idea: Why Macron and AKK agree (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 12 November 2019

Macron’s and AKK’s distinct styles obscure a core agreement: threats to the transatlantic relationship mean that European countries must finally stand up and defend themselves.