Turkey and the UK have great potential to strengthen their defence and security cooperation following their recent free trade agreement, write Tacan Ildem and Fatih Ceylan. To take this forward, they should elaborate a Joint Vision Paper (JVP) on enhanced Turkey-UK defence cooperation, to be shared within NATO.
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The UK-US-Europe ‘bridge’ on which London rested has now, for the most part, gone. Britain must now look to new styles of engagement in order to ensure strategic relevance and effective defence coordination.
As a no-deal Brexit becomes increasingly likely, the chronicle of EUFOR Althea exposes the operational, strategic and political challenges facing EU defence today.
At a time of change across the Atlantic and within Europe, especially with the ongoing Brexit negotiations, it is essential that Germany and the United Kingdom prevent divergences from growing.
Although the EU’s increased defence efforts and states’ diverging industrial interests will inevitably create tensions in the short-term, these should not be allowed to poison transatlantic relations.
Munich Security Conference 2019: “European strategic autonomy in defence – Implications for industry and politics”
The ELN partnered with the Federation of German Industries (BDI) to host a high-level roundtable on European defence at the 2019 Munich Security Conference.