Articles on Security and Defence

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

State of disunion: Europe, NATO, and disintegrating arms control (Commentary)

Piotr Buras - 28 February 2019

Splits between Germany and Poland vis-à-vis Russia signal deeper divisions in the alliance, ones which threaten European security

Can Belarus become a success story of European security? (Commentary)

Yauheni Preiherman - 21 February 2019

Western observers continue to misread Belarus – and to overlook the strengthened diplomatic and security roles it could play in eastern Europe

Don't expect fireworks at Munich (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 15 February 2019

Troubles back home, not international affairs, will dominate Europe’s top security meetup.

Russia, Germany, and the INF: Will Berlin break its silence? (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 06 February 2019

Germany is not facing up to the INF challenge. If it does not take a lead, Russian nuclear superiority over Europe will soon be a done deal

Crunch time: Germany and Europe after Mattis (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 10 January 2019

With James Mattis gone, it has become far more difficult to engage in damage control in transatlantic relations

The “European army”, a tale of wilful misunderstanding (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 03 December 2018

The European army concept is ambiguous - what do European leaders actually want to achieve? 

Flash Wars: Where could an autonomous weapons revolution lead us? (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 22 November 2018

Making it harder to attribute an attack to a perpetrator will have repercussions beyond non-state use

Fighting words: The risks of loose talk about a “European army” (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 20 November 2018

'European army' is an empty phrase; what is actually needed is less talk and more action - more concrete projects to integrate defence efforts while avoiding careless talk

Spending to defend: NATO and the EU’s new budget (Commentary)

Hanna Ojanen - 06 November 2018

The European Union’s spending priorities in the next budget round could support both NATO’s changing defence requirements, and the EU’s standing with its own citizens, says ECFR Council Member Hanna Ojanen