To what extent does the European Parliament play a role in CSDP and does this enhance democratic accountability?

By Onna Malou van der Broek, Master’s student Conflict Studies and Human Rights at Utrecht University and writer for the European Student Think Tank Since the establishment of the European Union, democratic accountability or the so-called democratic deficit has been… Continue Reading →

NATO and the EU – Rivalry or Friendship?

Originally published on 2014/02/17 Security challenges are becoming increasingly complex and interdependent, requiring collective efforts and a comprehensive approach from western powers. Both the NATO and the EU acknowledge the importance of collective action and have attempted to work more… Continue Reading →

Pre-EU Summit Insights – What’s on the table on 19 & 20 December 2013?

Originally published on 2013/12/18 EPC’s leading European politics expert Janis A. Emmanouilidis gives Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt an exclusive pre-summit analysis of the last, and very important, meeting of EU leaders in 2013. Emmanouilidis explains that, should Finance Ministers fail to… Continue Reading →

France: The Disillusioned Leader of l’Europe de la Défense

by Mieke Molthof. Originally published on 2013/11/23  Of all the EU member states, France has arguably been the most pivotal player in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) by energetically leading and promoting the EU’s capacity for rapid… Continue Reading →

Why is it so hard for the EU to intervene in Syria despite its success in Libya? (Part 2/2: The case of Syria)

By Aleksander Thomas. Originally published on 2013/02/06 When coming into power in 2000, Bashar al-Assad had to utilize a non-conventional defence strategy in order to diminish the regional power structures of Israel and Turkey. He relied on Hezbollah’s capacity to… Continue Reading →

UK and France must take the wheel on Africa’s Security

By Mathieu Paul Dumont. Originally published on 2013/03/17 With the US moving military resources to the Asia-Pacific region, what organization will maintain the  stability and security in North and North Central Africa? The US has been downgrading its participation in… Continue Reading →

Why is it so hard for the EU to intervene in Syria despite its success in Libya? (Part 1/2: The case of Libya)

By Aleksander Thomas. Originally published on 2013/02/05 Before examining on an individual level the Libyan and Syrian conflicts, the European Union’s ‘mission’ should be taken into account when discussing matters of conflict as well as their aim of promoting democracy…. Continue Reading →

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