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President Trump’s trade and international policies [What Think Tanks are thinking]

US President Donald Trump has pushed ahead in recent months with his controversial policies on trade and defence, which critics say could undermine the global rules-based order and create new uncertainties. Continue reading

2018 NATO summit: A critical time for European defence

On 11 and 12 July 2018 the NATO Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels for the 28th NATO summit. The summit comes at a time of tension in transatlantic relations, but also of continuing threats and challenges posed to the alliance. Continue reading

NATO Summit and European defence [What Think Tanks are thinking]

NATO heads of state or government will meet in Brussels on 11 and 12 July for a keenly awaited summit. Some analysts and diplomats fear a tense atmosphere, following US President Donald Trump’s tough treatment of European allies at a recent meeting of the G7 group of developed countries, and his imposition of steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from the EU. Continue reading

Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders on 14-15 December 2017

On 14 and 15 December 2017, EU leaders will convene in four different settings with varying compositions and levels of formality: a regular summit of the European Council, a Leaders’ meeting on migration, a European Council (Article 50) meeting, and an enlarged Euro Summit. Continue reading

European defence [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The European Union is moving closer to developing integrated European defence after 23 of its 28 Member States agreed in November on joint military investment in equipment, research and develop¬ment through Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), an enhanced-cooperation mechanism enshrined in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty. Continue reading

NATO and EU defence [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The US President, Donald Trump, will meet with the other leaders of the NATO member states at a summit in Brussels on 25 May 2017. Among issues on the table are the new US Administration’s commitment to Europe’s security, and the levels of military spending in Europe, which Washington considers too … Continue reading

12 Graphs: Two strategic partners – EU and NATO defence cooperation

Written by Clare Ferguson, We will remember 2016 as a tumultuous year worldwide, a 12-month period of vicious conflicts and political upheaval that will have long-lasting consequences is coming to an end. The resulting insecurity and uncertainty as to the foreign policy intentions of major world powers means that the EU strategic partnership with the … Continue reading

The 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw

Written by Philippe Perchoc, Graphics by: Christian Dietrich, On 8 and 9 July 2016, the Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) convenes in Warsaw. The NATO Heads of State or Government will discuss policies and future direction for the Alliance. On the menu: the balance of NATO policies and operations on the eastern … Continue reading

European security and the NATO summit [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Challenges to security in Europe will take centre stage at the NATO summit in Warsaw on 8-9 July when its heads of state and government will discuss issues ranging from Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and its growing military assertiveness to turmoil across the Middle East and North Africa, and the future … Continue reading

NATO, EU and security in Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and turbulence in the Middle East have reawakened concern about Europe’s security, fuelling a debate about its defence capabilities, the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its relations with the European Union. NATO and the EU, sharing values, strategic interests, and a majority of members, … Continue reading

Understanding hybrid threats

Written by Patryk Pawlak ‘Hybrid threats’ are often invoked in reference to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the ISIL/Da’esh campaign in Iraq. As policy-makers struggle to grasp what hybrid threats mean for national security, it is pertinent to recall the origins, the meaning, and legal challenges associated with this concept. Evolving security environment Concerns … Continue reading

CFSP/CSDP: Outcome of the NATO Summit 2014

Written by Carmen-Cristina Cîrlig NATO leaders meeting in Newport, Wales (4-5 September 2014) addressed essential questions dealing with the current European security situation, the withdrawal from Afghanistan and declining defence budgets. The next NATO Summit will take place in Warsaw, Poland in 2016. A changing security context The 2014 NATO Summit occurred in a challenging security … Continue reading

NATO – road to the 2014 Summit

Last NATO Summit was held in Chicago, in May 2012. The Afghan transition, the missile defence system, and cyber defence policies were at the centre of the discussion then. Two years later, the on-going withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ukraine and Russia, Syria and Iraq, and the re-thinking of the Transatlantic Partnership will be at the centre … Continue reading

NATO in the aftermath of the financial crisis

Since the onset of the financial crisis, in 2008, members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) have reduced their defence budgets by billions of euros. Moreover, reduced investment on specific critical capabilities is affecting the ability of NATO to act. Investment in equipment, and research and development has also been reduced. Whilst saving money … Continue reading

EU-Norway cooperation in the area of foreign policy and defence

The paradox of Norway’s “Inside, outside” approach towards the EU is particularly apparent in the areas of foreign policy and defence. Increasingly aware of its limited influence on EU policy formulation, Norway has adopted a proactive and participative approach to avoid marginal-isation. Norway’s foreign policy is aligned with the majority of EU foreign policy declaration … Continue reading

Russian reactions to NATO missile defence

NATO’s decision to develop a ballistic missile defence (BMD) system prompted harsh reactions from Russian leaders. Diverging views on the purpose and capability of NATO’s BMD make cooperation with Russia difficult, but dialogue continues. Missile defence in Europe: background At the 2010 Lisbon Summit, NATO decided to develop a BMD capability – meant to intercept … Continue reading

EU-NATO partnership in stagnation

  EU-NATO relations are stagnating while the alliance goes through an identity crisis and the EU makes slow progress on the path towards a European Defence and Security Policy. The “participation problem” caused by Turkish-Cypriot bilateral disagreement is often named as the root of difficulties in cooperation between NATO and EU. Nevertheless some commentators stress … Continue reading

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