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EU strategy and foreign policy

A strategy for Europe’s neighbourhood: keep resilient and carry on?

By Sven Biscop (17-01-2017)

In Other publications

While external and regional powers are engaged in fierce geopolitical competition in Europe’s neighbourhood, the EU itself wants to focus on building up the resilience of its neighbours. Not only is it far from clear who is to be made resilient against what where there is no more or less read more…

European defence after Brexit: Flying on one engine?

By Sven Biscop (11-01-2017)

In Commentaries

Come midnight on the eve of Brexit, British tanks will not turn into pumpkins, nor battleships into watermelons. But will Britain still play an active role in security and defence when its leadership is absorbed by the Brexit negotiations? And if not the Franco-British axis, who then will drive Europe’s military engagement? read more…

Optimism and rearmament

By Sven Biscop (06-01-2017)

In Commentaries

At the start of the new year, Sven Biscop desperately tries to remain optimistic.

This article also appeared in a Dutch version in De Morgen on 27 December 2016 read more…

Monday, 27 February 2017

The Military Balance 2017

Book launch from 18:00 - 19:30

Egmont and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) have the pleasure of inviting you to the Brussels launch of the 2017 Military Balance, with Dr. Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis, James Hackett, Editor of The Military Balance and Senior Fellow for Defence and Military Analysis, Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, and Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Research Fellow for Defence Economics and Procurement. The event will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop of Egmont.

For more information on the Military Balance see:  http://www.iiss.org/en/publications/military%20balance/issues/the-military-balance-2017-b47b

See flyer.

(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

Europe and China’s New Silk Roads

By Alice Ekman, Frans-Paul van der Putten, John Seaman, Miguel Otero-Iglesias, Mikko Huotari (23-12-2016)

In Other publications

The purpose of this report is to provide a comparative perspective of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative (OBOR), as seen from the various European Union (EU) member states. It covers the role of OBOR in the relations read more…

Debate: What are the real prospects for strengthened European defence?

By Julian Lindley-French, Sven Biscop (21-12-2016)

In Other publications

Sven Biscop and Julian Lindley-French go in debate for the magazine NATO Review on what Europeans must do more to strengthen Europe’s security and defence in a challenging geopolitical environment. read more…

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New Pact for Europe

Transnational meeting

The New Pact for Europe project is a long process which explores how the EU can better serve the interests of its member states and citizens, through a series of national and transnational debates on key policies. Discussions are organized through National Reflection Groups created specifically for this purpose in twelve EU countries as well as through transnational exchanges between these groups. read more…

IS-held territory will be reconquered – and then?

By Sven Biscop (15-12-2016)

In Commentaries

If Europe cannot engage as a security actor in its own neighbourhood, it will be locked out of the region. read more…

Permanent Sovereign COoperation (PESCO) to underpin the EU Global Strategy

By Jo Coelmont (13-12-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

The EU now has a full-fledged Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy – and defence. Just in time. The EUGS includes a clear political level of ambition as well as a call to define the corresponding military level of ambition and the required capabilities. The list of strategic military shortfalls, read more…

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Democratic deadlock and security concerns in DRCongo. Where to now for the European Union

Conference from 10:00 - 13:00

In the current pre-electoral deadlock, political and security tensions are on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Worrying attempts to undermine democratic change, read more…