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Security Policy Briefs

The UK’s foreign and security policy: what’s at stake in the referendum?

By Richard Whitman (18-05-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

Foreign and security policy was not an area in which Prime Minister Cameron sought to alter the relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU) in renegotiating the terms of Britain’s membership. However, security has become a key theme in the referendum debate. The airport and metro Read more

Message to – and from – the European political leadership: Agreeing to disagree on strategy is a luxury the EU can no longer afford

By Jo Coelmont (02-05-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

“We, the political leaders of the EU member states, in order to ensure the security of our citizens and to resolve more effectively and more efficiently the common problems we face at Read more

Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: why the ‘black garden’ will not blossom any time soon

By Tobias Schumacher (19-04-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

After the recent escalation of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia-backed separatist forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh – the bloodiest and most wide-ranging for the last 22 years – the South Caucasus has re-emerged in the international spotlight. What are Read more

Why Belgium needs a Special Operations Command

By Alexander Mattelaer (06-04-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

As Europe confronts a rapidly deteriorating security environment, policy-makers are turning to their elite soldiers to save the day. This Security Policy Brief makes the case for setting up a Special Operations Command within the Belgian Defence establishment. Building on the legacy of Read more

The Global Strategy – reinvigorating the EU’s multilateral agenda?

By Balazs Ujvari (23-03-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

The EU’s effective multilateralism doctrine is hardly a defining characteristic of the international system of today. While established multilateral structures are far from reflective of the realities of the twenty-first century, multilateral practices remain dominant in most parts of the world. Read more

The EU–China Bilateral Investment Agreement: Between high hopes and real challenges

By Insa Ewert (23-02-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

In 2012, negotiations over an EU–China bilateral investment agreement were launched to fully tap into the potential of bilateral investments. Read more

The implementation of the Gender Perspective in the EU civilian and military missions: Leadership wanted

By Alfredo Pardo Martínez (21-10-2015)

In Security Policy Briefs

Fifteen years have passed since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, through which time the EU has grown as a security actor. The keys to produce Read more

Considering DPRK regime collapse: its probability and possible geopolitical and security consequences

By Mason Richey (27-08-2015)

In Security Policy Briefs

Both the EU and its member states are in a period of rethinking security strategy to adapt to contemporary challenges both in the European region and beyond, including Northeast Asia. In this Security Policy Brief, Mason Richey discusses what Read more

From survival to revival: The Riga Summit 2015 and the revised ENP

By Suzana Carp, Tobias Schumacher (23-07-2015)

In Security Policy Briefs

With the European Parliament’s July report on the revision of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) calling on the Commission to ‘go back to basics’, this article argues that such a move would be counter-productive and that instead, the ENP needs to move towards the future and break away with the historical elusiveness of this overarching policy. Read more

Hybrid Hysteria

By Sven Biscop (03-06-2015)

In Security Policy Briefs

Is “hybrid” about to replace “comprehensive” as the favourite container notion of the Brussels foreign policy community? They might not be so different, in fact. Both a hybrid and a comprehensive approach mean the integrated use of Read more