Publications & Commentary

ELN publications feature authoritative research, high-quality analysis, diverse viewpoints and practical recommendations to address current foreign, defence, and security policy challenges. The ELN publishes policy briefs, group statements and commentaries.

Policy briefs are the result of in-depth research and offer practical recommendations to policymakers. We also feature briefs written by external experts and policy influencers and provide concise and authoritative analysis on timely issues. Group statements cover timely Euro-Atlantic security issues and are endorsed by the ELN’s network members. Commentaries are shorter website pieces written by external experts, ELN members, staff and policy influencers on current issues.

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Commentary

From an Isolated Iran to an Isolated US

Hans Blix, former IAEA Director General and ELN member, argues that American concerns over Iran’s nuclear weapons intentions may be more of a marketing ploy than a real worry.

17 November 2017 | Hans Blix
Global Security|Iran|JCPOA|Nuclear Arms Control|United Nations|United States
Commentary

The Case for Providing Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine

Oleksandr Tytarchuk, co-founder of the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation, argues that there are more pros than cons to Ukraine receiving lethal aid from the United States.

9 November 2017 | Oleksandr Tytarchuk
Euro-Atlantic Security|Defence|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Sanctions|Ukraine|United States
Commentary

The Lasting Legacy of the October Revolution

A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Ilana Bet-El, Senior Associate Fellow at the ELN, looks at its deep impact and enduring effects in Europe.

7 November 2017 | Ilana Bet-El
Euro-Atlantic Security|Europe|Russia|Russia-West Relations
Commentary

The Grim Gamble of the Trump Administration on Iran

Emmanuelle Maitre argues that the Trump administration’s policy shift means that it is now the US which is violating the spirit of the JCPOA. By targeting the motivations of potential investors, it is making the deal much less attractive for Tehran.

3 November 2017 | Emmanuelle Maitre
Global Security|EU|Iran|JCPOA|United States
Commentary

Zapad 2017: Beyond the Hype, Important Lessons for the US and NATO

What lessons to draw from the latest Russian combined strategic exercise? For Michael Kofman, Senior Research Scientist at CNA and Fellow at the Wilson Center, Moscow signalled it can maintain coercive credibility in a potential conflict with NATO.

27 October 2017 | Michael Kofman
Euro-Atlantic Security|Military Doctrine|NATO|Russia|Russia-West Relations|United States
Commentary

Cruising Toward Oblivion: Does the INF Treaty have a Future?

Is the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty worth saving? And if so, can it be saved? Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace at IISS, argues that saving it is a worthy but maybe no longer attainable goal.

26 October 2017 | Douglas Barrie
Global Security|Arms Control|INF|NATO|Nuclear Arms Control|Nuclear Security|Russia|Russia-West Relations|United States