Rear Admiral John Gower examines the deterrent issues arising from a future secession of Scotland and its likely desire for subsequent independent accession to the EU and NATO. A full and frank debate about the impact of Scottish secession on the UK’s nuclear deterrent is necessary to avoid significant negative implications for Euro-Atlantic security.
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Rüdiger Lüdeking calls on Europe to take a new approach to cooperation with Russia, one that is interest-driven, consistent and pragmatic, where European security and stability is at the centre.
Among the hopes and expectations that the election of President Biden has triggered, further enlargement of NATO is, for security in Europe, one of the most significant and problematic. In advance of the NATO Summit in June, Nick Williams argues that NATO’s door must remain open but further enlargements should wait until stricter conditions are defined and fulfilled.
As the EU updates its Arctic Policy, the bloc’s preference for a human security approach and a strong focus on a greener future can make it a valuable counterweight to the growing superpower competition in the Arctic.
US President Biden and his team have stated their interest in restoring alliances with Europe. Sahil Shah argues that there is no better place to start than announcing bold action on Iran and the JCPOA at this year’s Munich Security Conference, a topic that did more damage to transatlantic trust and security relations under Trump than any other issue.
ELN Policy Fellow Sahil Shah offers reflections on his time with the late US Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Cold War veteran and one of the inspirations behind the European Leadership Network.