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Strategic autonomy and EU-NATO cooperation: squaring the circle

By Jolyon Howorth (10-05-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

Since the publication of the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) in June 2016, there have been innumerable calls for the re-launch of the EU’s much misunderstood Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). One can call this CSDP-redux. What is the objective behind this renewed energy? Read more

Europe and the great powers: playing our Trump cards

By Sven Biscop (04-04-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

On the eve of Donald Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping, we are all holding our breath. But should we rather not be proactive, using Europe’s diplomatic and economic power to further our interests in China, Asia and the neigbourhood. Where should a creative and ambitious Grand Strategy position Europe in between Trump, Xi and Putin? Read more

How the EU can save NATO

By Sven Biscop (29-03-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

The European Union can save NATO. It really can. Trust me.

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Geopolitical influences on the future of Renminbi

By John Ryan (23-03-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

The Chinese government has made great strides in its ambition to turn the Renminbi into a global reserve currency. The importance of Europe to China’s economy is unquestionable, so Brexit is an unwelcomed event. China’s resolve to reduce its US Dollar exposure has intensified following Read more

Core Groups: The way to real European defence

By Dick Zandee (20-02-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

Continuing the series of contributions from the speakers at the 6-7 February Egmont – Raytheon event on « The European Defence of Europe », Egmont publishes a policy brief by our Clingendael colleague Dick Zandee.
European countries continue to have different political views Read more

Permanent Sovereign COoperation (PESCO) to underpin the EU Global Strategy

By Jo Coelmont (13-12-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

The EU now has a full-fledged Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy – and defence. Just in time. The EUGS includes a clear political level of ambition as well as a call to define the corresponding military level of ambition and the required capabilities. The list of strategic military shortfalls, Read more

Has Trump reshuffled the cards for Europe?

By Sven Biscop (21-11-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

“I think NATO may be obsolete”. When Donald Trump, the next President of the United States, spoke these words during the campaign, he most likely had only a vague idea of how he would act upon them. But one thing is certain: if he made the statement, it is Read more

The EU Global Strategy and Defence: The challenge of thinking strategically about means

By Jo Coelmont, Sven Biscop (03-10-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

Since strategy is about connecting ends, ways and means, the means constrain the ends. Read more

Fear Not: a critical perspective on the terrorist threat in Europe

By Thomas Renard (09-09-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

Over the past few months, Europe has been struck by a number of terrorist attacks. In the media, in political discourse, in our daily lives, terrorism is now perceived as being omnipresent. A certain form of collective psychosis is developing within the population, which is perhaps more insidious and dangerous than Read more

The EU Global Strategy: from effective multilateralism to global governance that works?

By Balazs Ujvari (08-07-2016)

In Security Policy Briefs

Delivering effective global governance is amongst the five priorities of the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS). After its modest success in promoting its ‘effective multilateralism’ doctrine and rendering the world like itself, the European Union (EU)’s approach to global governance Read more