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Commentary

The V4 on Defence: The Art of Disagreement

Martin Michelot, Deputy Director of the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in Prague, analyses the Visegrád group’s agenda for European defence, noting that the establishment of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) offers an important role for small and mid-size member states in future PESCO initiatives. This presents a potential new opportunity for the Visegrád Four (V4).

26 June 2018 | Martin Michelot
European Defence|Central Europe|Defence|EU
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 future is yet to be written for the Korean Peninsula and a positive outcome depends on the successful negotiation and implementation of tangible assurances and strong verification of disarmament pledges. Key to the “denuclearization” agenda is North Korea having a relationship with international organizations such as the CTBTO and IAEA.

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

Transatlantic relations at a new low. What does that mean in practice?

Axel Hellman and Denitsa Raynova look at the state of transatlantic relations and argue that European leaders should not distance themselves from the United States, but coordinate closely where possible while credibly demonstrating that they are willing to take on a greater share of responsibility for regional and international security.

1 June 2018 | Axel Hellman and Denitsa Raynova
Diplomacy|Foreign policy|JCPOA|Transatlantic relations|United States
Commentary

Reflections and recommendations: The future of non-proliferation and disarmament

Shata Shetty, ELN Deputy Director and Denitsa Raynova, ELN Policy Fellow highlight that in the current deteriorating security environment there should be no complacency over the health and future of the NPT. The case must be re-made for the security benefits of this vital treaty. The current situation can be turned into an opportunity to revisit old assumptions, re-assess priorities and consider modest, but practical arrangements which can serve as bridge-builders between polarised communities.

Global Security|Deterrence|NPT|Nuclear Arms Control|nuclear ban treaty|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Weapons
Commentary

Bosnia and the EU: Time to end Operation Althea

ELN Senior Associate Fellow Nicholas Williams argues that, even if the EU’s military function in Bosnia has evolved from a deterrent to a reassurance role, the military presence could at some stage become an obstacle to progress towards EU membership.

30 April 2018 | Nicholas Williams
European Defence|Balkans|EU