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European Defence: Messages for the Next European Commission

With European elections upcoming and the shape of the next Commission unknowable, this report is not an agenda for the years to come but lessons for the next Commission from developments in European defence over the last two years.

24 September 2018 | Alice Billon-Galland
European Defence|Defence|Diplomacy|EU|Europe|Security
Commentary

No peace – no war: The future of the Russia-NATO relationship

Dr Prokhor Tebin, Russia-based independent military and security expert, argues that a high probability of war between Russia and NATO is not the key challenge in Russia-NATO relations, but the low probability of meaningful dispute resolutions for Russia in engaging with NATO as a whole.

14 September 2018 | Prokhor Tebin
Euro-Atlantic Security|Diplomacy|NATO|Russia|Russia-West Relations
Commentary

Post-Helsinki Opportunities for New START and the INF Treaty?

Independent expert Dmitry Stefanovich argues that the Helsinki Summit could herald the beginning of a new phase in US-Russia arms control. By analysing current bilateral disputes over the existing arms control treaties, New START and INF, Stefanovich proposes a number of recommendations to advance the current stalemate.

25 July 2018 | Dmitry Stefanovich
Euro-Atlantic Security|Arms Control|CSBMs|INF|Nuclear Arms Control|Russia-West Relations
Report

Living in (Digital) Denial: Russia’s Approach to Cyber Deterrence

Last week’s Helsinki Summit has brought renewed focus to Russian actions in cyberspace. In a new report, ELN Research Associate Joss Meakins explores Russia’s conflicted approach to cyber deterrence and proposes new ways to create a more stable Russia-West cyber deterrence relationship.

23 July 2018 | Joss Meakins
Euro-Atlantic Security|Cyber|Deterrence|Russia|Russia-West Relations
Commentary

Kill the NPT Collapse Thesis

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is often alleged to be at risk of “crumbling” or "damaged beyond repair”. Kjølv Egeland, Fellow at the Norwegian Academy of International Law, argues that this fear-mongering is unfounded. The NPT is one of the most widely supported international agreements that exist today. The challenge facing its supporters is not damage-limitation or “protecting what we’ve got” but extending the disarmament norm.

20 July 2018 | Kjølv Egeland
Global Security|NPT|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons
Commentary

ELN Western Balkans Security Roundtable – Summary Note

On 27-28 June 2018, the European Leadership Network hosted a roundtable discussion in the UK House of Lords examining the political, security and economic conditions in the Western Balkans and how best to promote stability and democratic reform across the region. The meeting was co-chaired by Lord Browne of Ladyton and ELN member and former Albanian Defence Minister, Fatmir Mediu.

13 July 2018 | Denitsa Raynova
Euro-Atlantic Security|Balkans|Diplomacy|Eastern Europe|Economy|EU|Europe|Foreign policy|Macedonia|Turkey
Commentary

Two summits that can change the fate of the INF Treaty

At the ongoing NATO Brussels summit and the Trump-Putin meeting following right after, there will be one issue that can make all the difference between a success and failure: the ability to resolve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) crisis.

11 July 2018 | Katarzyna Kubiak
Euro-Atlantic Security|Arms Control|INF|NATO|Nuclear Arms Control|Russia|United States