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European defence / NATO

Building a capability-driven foundation for Europe’s defence

By Chris Lombardi (13-02-2017)

In Commentaries

Following up on his intervention at the successful conference on The European Defence of Europe?, which Egmont organized with the support of Raytheon on 6-7 February, Chris Lombardi pleads for missile defence as a key driver of defence cooperation. read more…

Yes, NATO is obsolete

By Sven Biscop (06-02-2017)

In Commentaries

An Alliance whose credibility mostly depends on a single member cannot be maintained. Only an autonomous Europe can define its interests and choose with whom it can cooperate to defend them, in full flexibility. read more…

Europe’s post-Brexit retrenchment

By Alexander Mattelaer (30-01-2017)

In Commentaries

After many years of British advocacy of an outward-oriented EU, the prospect of Brexit threatens to leave the continent more introspective and less engaged in world affairs than ever before. Yet there may be a silver lining: the coming period of retrenchment may serve both the UK and the EU as a painful but educational reminder of the importance of European 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…

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…