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European defence / NATO

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

European Defence: a new start ?

Seminar from 09:00 - 13:10

Since the beginning of 2015, a series of destabilizing events, from terrorism to a migration crisis without precedent, have shaken Europeans even in their daily lives. We are left with the impression of a disoriented European Union, reacting without unity. To that must be added the effects of the British referendum on exiting the EU, and the election of the new US president, the long-term effects of which are difficult to measure. read more…

Monday, 26 June 2017

Forgotten Power? Europe in a Multipolar World

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30 - FULLY BOOKED

International politics is not about charity, but about the pursuit of interests. That seems self-evident, but to the European Union it wasn’t. For a long time the EU closed its eyes for the dark side of international politics and behaved as if interests, geopolitics and power politics no longer mattered. Then a series of events made the EU blink its eyes. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, the proxy wars in the Middle East, the disputes over the South China Sea, and the election of Donald Trump as President of the U.S. finally made many in Brussels realise that we are now truly living in a multipolar world. The great powers and many regional powers are competing and cooperating at the same time. “America First”, Trump’s campaign slogan, means that nobody will automatically defend the EU’s interests. Europe will have to think for itself – but it has forgotten how to use its power (which it still has) and hence is no longer respected as a power. Which role could and should Europe aspire to, and what does that mean for its alliance with the U.S.?

Chair: Prof. Dr. Alexander Mattelaer, Director of Egmont’s Europe Programme and Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel


  • Dr. Sven Biscop, Director of Egmont’s Europe in the World Programme and Professor at Ghent University
  • Dr. Luis Simón, Director of the Elcano Royal Institute’s Brussels Office and Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel


Doors will open at 17:30

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

What’s wrong with CVE? The limits of a paradigm

Conference from 18:00 - 19:30 - Fully Booked

Chair: Rik Coolsaet

Speaker: Peter Mandaville read more…

Trans-Atlantic Security: four imperatives for NATO

By Chris Lombardi (05-06-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on Egmont’s joint event with the German Marshall Fund the day before the NATO Special Meeting in Brussels of 25 May, Chris Lombardi outlines his recipes for the future of the Alliance. read more…

Monday, 29 May 2017

Rethinking the EU’s relations with strategic partners: more pragmatism and flexibility?

Workshop from 13:45 - 15:30

Last year, the EU concluded an important exercise to better identify its foreign policy interests and how to pursue them, resulting in a document: the EU Global Strategy (EUGS). Among other things, the EU sought to clarify its level of ambition, and relations with great and emerging powers. Following the election of Donald Trump, the growing Chinese foreign policy assertiveness and economic offensive, and the continuously difficult relations with Russia, this debate remains essential. There is more than ever a need to think strategically about the EU’s role in the world and relations with strategic partners.

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Trump First

By Sven Biscop (29-05-2017)

In Commentaries

America first, or Trump first? For us Europeans it should in any case be Europe first. read more…

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

NATO: (Re)Acting in an era of transition



Registration and Light Breakfast

Welcome by Partners
Dr. Ian Lesser, Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Amb. Marc Otte, Director General, Egmont Royal Institute
Prof. Fabrizio Luciolli, President, Atlantic Treaty Association read more…

Strategic autonomy and EU-NATO cooperation: squaring the circle

By Jolyon Howorth (10-05-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

Since the publication of the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) in June 2016, there have been innumerable calls for the re-launch of the EU’s much misunderstood Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). One can call this CSDP-redux. What is the objective behind this renewed energy? read more…

Sharing the burden of keeping Europe whole, free and at peace

By Alexander Mattelaer (05-05-2017)

In Other publications

« Measuring fair burden-sharing is more complicated than it seems,” says Alexander Mattelaer. He takes a closer look at this issue, which is a hot topic of debate in the run up to the meeting of Allied leaders on 25 May in Brussels. read more…

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Allies, partners and rivals – And European strategic autonomy

Workshop on invitation only

For the celebration of Egmont Institute’s 70th Anniversary, the Europe in the World Programme is holding a workshop :

Allies, Partners and Rivals – And European Strategic Autonomy read more…