Articles on Security and Defence

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.

Rocking the boat: The Macron method (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 08 November 2019

The thread that runs through most of Macron’s speeches and declarations is European strategic sovereignty: he fears that Europe will be marginalised in a world in which authoritarian powers are rising.

The authoritarian entente: Sino-Russian security cooperation (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 17 October 2019

Sino-Russian arrangements for deepening cooperation on surveillance technology codify a process that has been going on for years.

European defence and the new Commission (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 30 September 2019

A new directorate-general for defence and space has a chance to make a difference, but only if it plays nice in the sandbox 

Nothing to see here: Europe and the INF treaty (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 05 August 2019

Europeans have responded to the death of the INF treaty with seeming indifference - and are expressing their reluctance to accept that nuclear issues are back on the agenda