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Commentary

ELN Western Balkans Security Roundtable – Summary Note

On 27-28th June 2018 the European Leadership Network (ELN) hosted a roundtable discussion in the British House of Lords under the co-chairmanship of ELN Chairman Lord Browne 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
Policy intervention

Towards a NATO-Russia Basic Understanding

With the NATO Brussels summit starting today and a Trump-Putin meeting due next week, there is an urgent need to inject new thinking into the debate on Russia-NATO relations. A new approach has been proposed by the ELN-supported Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, endorsed by former foreign and defence ministers, military leaders, diplomats and experts from the United Kingdom, Turkey, Russia, France, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

9 July 2018
Euro-Atlantic Security|Europe|NATO|Risk Reduction|Russia|Russia-West Relations
Policy brief

Nuclear Responsibility: A New Framework to Assess U.S. and Russian Behaviour

Dr Heather Williams, Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London (KCL) and Amelia Morgan, Research Assistant at KCL's Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) examine how the United States and Russia could become more responsible nuclear actors and strengthen the global nuclear order at a time when it is most fragile.

19 June 2018 | Heather Williams and Amelia Morgan
Euro-Atlantic Security|NPT|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Security|Nuclear Weapons|Risk Reduction|Russia|United States
Commentary

Uncharted Waters: the Italian Government’s Foreign and Security Policy

Stefano Stefanini, Italy's former Ambassador to NATO, argues that the new Five Star-League Italian government will soon be faced with stark foreign policy choices. Although the government will likely remain anchored to NATO and will quickly learn it cannot 'have it all', the coalition could cause significant disruption to EU policy through populist stances on migration or Russia sanctions.

18 June 2018 | Stefano Stefanini
European Defence|EU|Foreign policy|Italy|Security
Commentary

The CTBT must be part of the solution on the Korean Peninsula

Sahil Shah argues that to improve upon current strategies, the EU should employ a proactive, integrated diplomatic strategy alongside Russia to ensure the issue has the profile it deserves in the coming months.

14 June 2018 | Sahil Shah
Global Security|CTBT|North Korea|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Weapons
Report

NATO’s Brussels Summit: Getting From Good to Great

In a report released ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, Sir Adam Thomson, ELN Director and former UK Ambassador to NATO assesses three core challenges to NATO solidarity - (1) Russia, (2) NATO’s engagement southwards, and (3) transatlantic burdensharing - and offers specific recommendations in each area for the summit declaration, communique and EU-NATO Joint Declaration.

12 June 2018 | Adam Thomson
Euro-Atlantic Security|EU|Europe|NATO|Russia-West Relations|Transatlantic relations