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The EU Global Strategy: from effective multilateralism to global governance that works?

By Balazs Ujvari (08-07-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

Delivering effective global governance is amongst the five priorities of the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS). After its modest success in promoting its ‘effective multilateralism’ doctrine and rendering the world like itself, the European Union (EU)’s approach to global governance Read more

The EU Global Strategy: realpolitik with European characteristics

By Sven Biscop (29-06-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

On 28 June 2016 High Representative Federica Mogherini presented the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) to the European Council. Many pundits will present it as another example of Brussels’ otherworldliness to table an external strategy just a few Read more

The Iran nuclear deal: the Iranian and US domestic factors that put its implementation at risk

By Astrid Viaud (14-06-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

The Iran nuclear deal with E3+3 and P5+1 is not without its detractors. The Iranian Conservative Party, the US Republican Party and Israel disapprove. This policy brief aims to understand the Iranian and US domestic factors that could challenge the implementation of the deal. The 15-year implementation process is likely to be affected by the state-centric Constitution Read more

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