Articles on Security and Defence

Germany’s defence policy: still living in dreamland (Commentary)

Ulrike Esther Franke - 21 September 2018

Beyond its borders, few agree that Germany has much to feel satisfied about when it comes to matching its actions to its leaders’ rhetoric.

Fort Trump, Fortress Poland? (Commentary)

Pawel Zerka - 19 September 2018

Brussels insiders may look askance at Polish entreaties to Donald Trump. But western EU member states share some of the blame for strained relations too

Can Europe become a nuclear power? (Commentary)

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil & Tara Varma & Nick Witney - 03 September 2018

Only if Europeans resume a serious debate about their responsibilities for their own security

Chequers Mate (Commentary)

Susi Dennison - 29 August 2018

There has been relatively little discussion of the substance of the Chequers White Paper - especially when it comes to security

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