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European defence / NATO

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…

Monday, 6 February 2017

The European Defence of Europe?

International expert seminar

In view of Donald Trump’s statement during the US election campaign that “NATO may be obsolete”, it seems that High Representative Federica Mogherini was prescient when writing the objective of strategic autonomy into the EU Global Strategy, which she presented to the European Council in June 2016. That, however, was just a few days after Britain voted for Brexit, which at a stroke made strategic autonomy that more difficult to achieve. 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)



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…

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…

European defence core groups. The why, what & how of permanent structured cooperation

By Anne Bakker, Dick Zandee, Margriet Drent (25-11-2016)

In Other publications

The deteriorating security situation around Europe and the burgeoning messages from Washington that Europe has to take more responsibility for its own security call for a step change in European defence cooperation. So far, progress has been too slow. read more…

Has Trump reshuffled the cards for Europe?

By Sven Biscop (21-11-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

“I think NATO may be obsolete”. When Donald Trump, the next President of the United States, spoke these words during the campaign, he most likely had only a vague idea of how he would act upon them. But one thing is certain: if he made the statement, it is read more…

Uncertain reform call meets structural rigidities: The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy in 2016

By Christian Deubner (18-11-2016)

In Commentaries

Christian Deubner assesses how a strengthened and more binding integration of the external security and defence policies of the EU Member States could improve their security in the Union’s more dangerous geopolitical environment. read more…