New European Security Initiative: Publications

Policy Brief

Machine politics: Europe and the AI revolution

by Ulrike Franke & Paola Sartori - 11th July, 2019

The EU appears to be largely uninterested in AI’s geopolitical importance, but its member states can only influence the global development of AI if they act tog

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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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The nightmare of the dark: The security fears that keep Europeans awake at night

by Pawel Zerka & Susi Dennison & Ulrike Esther Franke - 23rd July, 2018

Great power competition is increasingly shaping Europeans’ security environment, while other security threats are also on the rise, from terrorism and cyber attacks to climate change.

Policy Brief

No middle ground: Moving on from the crypto wars

by Stefan Soesanto - 05th July, 2018

The ‘second crypto war’ is in full swing; European governments need to stop trying to defeat encryption and get more sophisticated themselves instead.

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Alone in the desert? How France can lead Europe in the Middle East

by Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 10th April, 2018

France sees the MENA region as a state for foreign policy and great power politics and an opportunity to shape global politics and punch above its weight.

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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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The southern front line: EU counter-terrorism cooperation with Tunisia and Morocco

by Anthony Dworkin and Fatim-Zohra El Malki - 15th February, 2018

European states should devote more effort to joint work on radicalisation with Morocco and Tunisia

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Policy Brief

Poland and European Defence Integration

by Marcin Zaborowski - 25th January, 2018



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