Articles on Security and Defence

EU defence efforts miss the open goal again (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 15 November 2017

PESCO’s commitments have been watered down so as to become virtually meaningless.

Time for the Sleeping Beauty to wake (Commentary)

Enrique Mora Benavente - 15 November 2017

Whether Europe will be able to make a difference in foreign policy depends on whether member states can fulfil PESCO’s commitments.

Countering online radicalisation (Commentary)

Stefan Soesanto & Fosca D'Incau - 19 July 2017

Part of the solution is to rely on the internet’s most essential strength - its vast army of ordinary users.

At last, the stars are aligned for European defence (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 26 May 2017

It is beginning to look as though the concept of ring-fencing or reserving a portion of national budgets to be spent collaboratively might finally get airborne.

Trident replacement: losing its vocation? (Commentary)

Nick Witney - 21 March 2017

Britain’s departure from the EU may make the case for its nuclear deterrent replacement harder to sustain.

European defence and the two per cent mantra (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 28 February 2017

The best route to improved European defence capabilities is to build on the patchwork of co-operation that already exists – with Germany at its centre.

Russia’s heavy metal diplomacy (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 27 December 2016

Mark Galeotti's op-ed on how Russia aims to divide, distract, dismay and dominate neighbours with 'heavy metal diplomacy'.

Germany: Politics in times of terror (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 22 December 2016

Initial reactions from the public have been marked by collective grief but not by calls for revenge.

Can governance Trump guns? European security after the US elections (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 21 November 2016

Rather than trying to duplicate NATO, the EU should instead focus on 'hybrid defence'.

Europeans will now decide what Europe will be (Commentary)

Josef Janning - 18 November 2016

The answer for European countries in the age of Trump lies in genuine integration of territorial defence.