Articles on Security and Defence

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

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.