Nick Witney: Publications

Flash Scorecard

Eyes tight shut: European attitudes towards nuclear deterrence

by Manuel Lafont Rapnouil & Tara Varma & Nick Witney - 19th December, 2018

Europeans remain unwilling to renew their thinking on nuclear deterrence, despite growing strategic instability. Their stated goal of “strategic autonomy” will remain an empty phrase until they engage seriously on this matter.

This intellectual under-investment looks set to continue despite: a revived debate “German bomb” debate; a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; and the collapse of the INF treaty.

Attitudes to nuclear deterrence differ radically from country to country – something which any new engagement on the nuclear dimension will have to contend with. And, while many governments and their voting publics are aligned in attitudes, in some crucial players like Germany the government and public are at loggerheads.

No European initiative to declare strategic nuclear autonomy is yet practicable but a strategy to hedge for future uncertainties is available.

As a first step, the UK and France should convert the idea of a European deterrent from mere notion into credible offer, by thickening their bilateral nuclear cooperation and sending growing signals that indicate their readiness to protect others.

Policy Brief

Keeping Europe safe after Brexit

by Findings of a reflection group led by Marta Dassù, Wolfgang Ischinger, Pierre Vimont, and Robert Cooper. Edited by Susi Dennison - 20th March, 2018



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One hundred years of British solitude: Magical thinking about Brexit and security

by Susi Dennison & Mark Leonard & Nick Witney - 16th May, 2016

A British exit from the EU would make it harder to fight crime and terrorism, reduce Britain’s ability to lead and influence its partners, and weaken NATO

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European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2016

by Dennison et al. - 28th January, 2016

The sixth ECFR Foreign Policy Scorecard highlights the EU's diminishing ability to influence its neighbours, and the neighbourhood's growing impact on the EU.

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Brexit to nowhere: The foreign policy consequences of “Out”

by Nick Witney - 05th November, 2015

British exit from the EU would have serious foreign policy consequences – both for Britain and for the rest of Europe

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The road back to European power

by Susi Dennison & François Godement & Richard Gowan & Daniel Levy & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro & Nick Witney - 09th July, 2015

The EU needs an honest assessment of its capabilities and to set limited goals behind which member states can show sustainable unity

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Europe’s Neighbourhood: Crisis as the new normal

by Susi Dennison & Nick Witney - 23rd June, 2015

Europe’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) needs drastic reform to deal with a region characterised by conflict, counter-revolution, and extremism

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Why Europe must stop outsourcing its security

by Richard Gowan & Nick Witney - 15th December, 2014

The EU's habit of outsourcing its military interventions is problematic for a multitude of reasons.

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Rebooting EU Foreign Policy

by François Godement & Daniel Levy & Mark Leonard & Kadri Liik & Vessela Tcherneva & Nick Witney - 03rd October, 2014

The EU is ill-equipped to respond to foreign policy crises.

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Cover: Why Europe needs a new global strategy