A ‘bottom-up cooperations’ approach to European common defence policy

© Claude Truong-Ngoc / Wikimedia Commons Written by Guido Lanfranchi Introduction “By the present Treaty the High Contracting Parties institute among themselves a European Defence Community, supranational in character, consisting of common institutions, common armed Forces and a common budget.” (European… Continue Reading →

A Major Step Forward in European Defence Integration

    This article is a part of research activities of the EU Foreign Policy Research Group Due to Europe’s deteriorating security situation, there is a pressing need to do more in terms of cooperation and coordination among the EU… Continue Reading →

Battleground: Europe

In the last few years, tensions between the East and West has been on the rise. One might think that the Cold War would be a thing of the past, yet terrifyingly, current situations show that this struggle of power… 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 →

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 →

The Disputed Archipelagos: Falklands and Senkaku-Diaoyu

By Pier Alexandre Lemaire (translated by Jacob Leon). Originally published on 2013/04/07 The “Islanders” of the Falklands were called to a referendum on the 10th and 11th of March, centering on the archipelago’s continued association with the United Kingdom. The vote yielded unsurprising results,… 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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