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Beyond good and evil: Why Europe should bring ISIS foreign fighters home

by Anthony Dworkin - 25th October, 2019

EU member states have failed to come up with a coherent policy on how to handle the hundreds of their citizens having travelled to join ISIS in Syria.

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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.

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Halting ambition: EU migration and security policy in the Sahel

by Andrew Lebovich - 25th September, 2018

Some European leaders see stabilisation of the region – through curbing migration and counter terror threats – as key to the future of the European project

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Fear and loathing on the New Silk Road: Chinese security in Afghanistan and beyond

by Angela Stanzel - 12th July, 2018

China’s priorities are shifting towards the containment of security threats in its region, and Europe should capitalise on this trend.

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A flammable peace: Why gas deals won’t end conflict in the Middle East

by Tareq Baconi - 21st December, 2017

The discovery of gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean could create an "economic peace"

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