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Breakthrough or Breakpoint? Global Perspectives on the Nuclear Ban Treaty

To examine the implications of the nuclear ban treaty, the ELN has brought together contributions from a distinguished group of nuclear policy and arms control experts who present and analyse national and institutional attitudes towards the ban treaty and assess whether these are likely to change over time. The aim is to encourage a better understanding of the underlying motives and objectives of the treaty as well as the rationale of those who still remain cautious or hostile.

8 December 2017 | Shatabhisha Shetty and Denitsa Raynova
Global Security|Deterrence|NATO|NPT|nuclear ban treaty|Nuclear Disarmament|Nuclear Security|Nuclear Weapons
Policy brief

Unrecognized Actors from Unrecognized States: Moscow’s Puppets or Inevitable Interlocutors

Dr William Hill, Former Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, examines the role of unrecognised state authorities in international relations and conflict resolution, arguing that their agency is a crucial factor for consideration when writing policy on Europe’s frozen conflicts.

20 November 2017 | William Hill
Euro-Atlantic Security|Arms Control|CSBMs|Diplomacy|Eastern Europe|OSCE|Risk Reduction|Russia|Security
Policy brief

“Competing Narratives” in the Russia-West Relationship: Towards a Common Understanding of the Non-Intervention Principle

For the past two years the ELN has encouraged debates on the differing interpretations of key concepts and norms in Russia-West relations to identify how they affect Euro-Atlantic security. This report presents important recommendations on how to clarify and strengthen the non-intervention principle in the 21st century.

9 October 2017 | Denitsa Raynova
Euro-Atlantic Security|Foreign policy|Governance|International Law|Security
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Making conventional arms control fit for the 21st century

Following a conference bringing together 150 leading arms control experts and diplomatic representatives the European Leadership Network presents workable policy recommendations for driving forward 21st century arms control.

29 September 2017 | Lukasz Kulesa
Euro-Atlantic Security|Arms Control|Conventional Arms Control|International Law|Security
Policy brief

A New Approach to Transatlantic Burden-Sharing

This ELN report argues that NATO's target of spending 2% of GDP on defence is an arbitrary benchmark which should cease to be the only measure of contributions to collective defence and security. A central criticism of the 2% is that it does not consider - nor promote - action on important...

14 September 2017 | Joseph Dobbs
Euro-Atlantic Security|Defence|Diplomacy|Europe|NATO|Russia|Russia-West Relations|Security|United States
Policy brief

Can CARD Change European Thinking about Capabilities?

Europeans need to think more systemically about capability development and combine NATO and EU efforts. The institutions fundamentally approach capabilities in different ways: NATO is interested in capabilities that caters to its operations while the EU considers capabilities a member state...

5 September 2017 | Julia Himmrich
European Defence|EU|NATO
Policy brief

Open Skies: A Status Neutral Approach for Georgia and Russia

ELN Research Fellow Thomas Frear argues that a resumption of Open Skies Treaty flights between Russia and Georgia is in the best interest of both, outlining a status-neutral method to overcome previously irreconcilable national positions.

29 August 2017 | Thomas Frear
Euro-Atlantic Security|Arms Control|Conventional Arms Control|CSBMs|Georgia|OSCE|Risk Reduction|Russia|Russia-West Relations