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Belgian diplomacy

Rather no government of technocrats

By Sven Biscop (17-04-2015)

In Commentaries

The « De Morgen » Newspaper chose Sven Biscop as defence minister in a hypothetical government of technocrats for Belgium. But Belgian and EU policy needs to become more political, not more technocratic, he argues. read more…

Letter from Brussels

By Sven Biscop (10-04-2015)

In Commentaries

“What should the EU do?” This is how most, if not all, policymakers in the Belgian foreign ministry react when a crisis occurs in, say, Ukraine or Syria. But as long as the reaction in London, Paris, read more…

A Belgian army for European defence

By Sven Biscop (08-04-2015)

In Commentaries

Sven Biscop outlines a realistic but real ambition for the Belgian armed forces. The key though is long-term budgetary stability.  This article is available in Dutch only.
This commentary appeared in De Morgen, 8 April 2015, read more…

No Belgian armed forces is unaffordable

By Jo Coelmont (20-02-2015)

In Security Policy Briefs

In this Security Policy Brief Jo Coelmont examines the challenges Belgium is facing at present. On the one hand there is the declared  political objective to henceforth provide its defence forces with the means of achieving read more…

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Conference on Belgium and its foreign policy

Conference from 18.00 to 19.30

Egmont and the publishers Van Halewyck, Lannoo and Mardaga have the pleasure of inviting you on Wednesday 26 November to a conference from 18.00 to 19.30 with the authors on the occasion of the publication of: read more…

Belgian Foreign Policy: in search of a new course

By Rik Coolsaet, Sven Biscop (10-07-2014)

In Commentaries

The last major review of Belgian foreign policy dates back to the 1990s. Enough has changed at the global, European and Belgian level to warrant a new critical reflection. On the eve of the publication of his updated reference work « België en zijn buitenlandse politiek 1830-2015 » (September 2014, Van Halewyck), Rik Coolsaet, with Sven Biscop, offers some guidelines for a policy review. read more…

Sven Biscop contributed the country chapter Belgium in Strategic cultures in Europe

By Sven Biscop (24-07-2013)

In Other publications

European countries work together in crisis management, conflict prevention and many other aspects of security and defence policy. Closer cooperation in this policy arena seems to be the only viable way forward to address contemporary security challenges. Yet, despite the repeated interaction, fundamental assumptions about security and defence remain remarkably distinct across European nations. This book offers a comparative analysis of the security and defence policies of all 27 EU member states and Turkey, drawing on the concept of read more…

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The future of the Benelux Defence Cooperation

Seminar

This report is based on input for a seminar on Benelux Defence Cooperation which took place on 9 April 2013 in Brussels. The seminar was jointly organized by the Egmont Institute and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations « Clingendael ». Civilian and military representatives from the three Benelux countries and armed forces plus representatives from the Belgian Federal Parliament, the European Defence Agency, read more…

Getting our way in a fragmented world: how a more competitive world order challenges our society to get its act together

By Jonathan Holslag, Thomas Renard (04-04-2013)

In Other publications

The main message of this report is that we still believe in the vast potential of the Belgian society to maintain a good position in the global order. As such, the current economic uncertainty is a wake-up call and should not lead to despair. read more…

Belgian defence policy: the fight goes on

By Sven Biscop (07-12-2011)

In Security Policy Briefs

The Coalition Agreement of the Di Rupo government comes at a moment when the international context can help overcome the dilemmas of Belgian defence policy: transformation read more…