Security and Defense

  • Judy Asks: Can Putin Be Stopped?
    September 29, 2022

    The decision to mobilize reservists and the ensuing domestic unrest points to Putin’s weakness. Western sanctions and military support for Ukraine are key to preventing a Russian victory.

  • More Storm Clouds Gather Over Armenia, Azerbaijan

    Thomas de WaalThursday, September 22, 2022

      Azerbaijan’s military action in Armenia has gravely damaged chances of a settlement. EU-mediated negotiations, the only viable peace talks, need greater international support.

    • Why Ukraine Must Win

      Judy DempseyTuesday, September 20, 2022

        A Russian victory against Ukraine would be devastating for Europe’s security and stability. European governments have no excuse for not realizing what is at stake.

      • Russia’s War in Ukraine: A Turning Point?

        Gwendolyn SasseTuesday, September 13, 2022

          Ukraine’s recent gains highlight the unpredictability of Russia’s war. The main challenge for Western governments, NATO, and the EU is to act in unison while adjusting to the evolving military dynamics.

        • European Unity Can Endure the Winter of Discontent

          Rosa BalfourThursday, September 08, 2022

            The coming winter promises to be dark and difficult. But doomsters may be proven wrong in anticipating that the war effort in Ukraine’s support will divide the EU.

          • Judy Asks: Is NATO Doing Anything for Ukraine?

            Judy DempseyThursday, September 01, 2022

              Most Western assistance to Ukraine, including weapons and training, has come from individual NATO member states. But without the alliance, this support would be less coordinated and not as substantial.

            • Understanding the Erdoğan-Putin Duet

              Marc PieriniTuesday, August 30, 2022

                Both Moscow and Ankara are benefiting from Turkey’s mediating role since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Strategically, however, Putin has the upper hand.

              • Europe Heads Into a Rocky Autumn

                Judy DempseyTuesday, August 23, 2022

                  Amid soaring energy prices, Russia’s continued war in Ukraine, and tensions over Taiwan, the EU will have no respite. The bloc mustn’t let internal crises distract from strategically dealing with external challenges.

                • Europe’s Geopolitical Turn Needs a Democratic Reboot

                  Rosa BalfourTuesday, July 05, 2022

                    After a decade of crises in Europe, historic decisions were taken at the EU and NATO summits to strengthen the continent. To overcome today’s challenges, Brussels must confront the causes of its paralysis in the 2010s.

                  • NATO and the EU’s Strength Lies in Their Unity

                    Hanna OjanenTuesday, June 28, 2022

                      Russia’s war against Ukraine shows why NATO and the EU are both essential for European security. The two offer different yet complementary models for organizing the continent’s defense.

                    • Putin is Banking on Europe’s Divisions Over Russia

                      Judy DempseyTuesday, June 21, 2022

                        The parliamentary election setback for President Macron and bickering inside the German and Italian coalitions play into Moscow’s hands. If EU member states falter over Ukraine, European security will be jeopardized.

                      • Judy Asks: Will Distrust Among EU Leaders Fail Ukraine?

                        Judy DempseyThursday, June 16, 2022

                          EU member states have no shared vision of how to deal with Russia as it continues its attack on Ukraine. Rushing to end the war at all costs could have devastating consequences for Kyiv and Europe.

                        • Russia’s Lesser-Known Intentions in Ukraine

                          Olivia LazardTuesday, June 14, 2022

                            One of Russia’s aims in Ukraine is gaining access to vital resources the EU needs to deliver on its climate change agenda. The use of force and instrumentalization of war are central to Moscow’s strategy.

                          • NATO and the EU Need a Strategy for Eastern Europe

                            Judy DempseyTuesday, June 07, 2022

                              Recent moves by Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are strengthening European security. But Russia’s aggression against Ukraine must fundamentally change how NATO and the EU approach their Eastern neighbors.

                            • Judy Asks: Is Europe Serious About Defense?

                              Judy DempseyThursday, June 02, 2022

                                Russia’s war in Ukraine has created a new sense of urgency for Europe to invest in defense. While NATO remains the main collective defense organization, the EU should build capabilities to complement its efforts.

                              • German Ambiguity Is Deciding Ukraine’s Future

                                Judy DempseyTuesday, May 31, 2022

                                  Chancellor Scholz’s delay in sending heavy weapons to Ukraine is hurting Kyiv’s chances of preserving its sovereignty. It is also damaging Germany’s standing across Europe.

                                • Turkey in NATO: Disruption as a Policy

                                  Marc PieriniTuesday, May 24, 2022

                                    Driven by domestic considerations, Turkey has triggered a major crisis inside NATO by blocking the Finnish and Swedish membership bids. This move inevitably plays into the hands of the Kremlin.

                                  • The Franco-German Tandem Needs a Reboot

                                    Judy DempseyTuesday, May 17, 2022

                                      Putin’s war in Ukraine has shattered Germany’s illusions about bringing Russia closer to Europe. A change in Berlin’s approach to Moscow would benefit Franco-German ties and the entire EU.

                                    • A Fragile Stability in Moldova

                                      Thomas de WaalTuesday, May 10, 2022

                                        Precariously located at the edge of the war in Ukraine, Moldova is thus far coping with Russian security threats. But the conflict’s socioeconomic fallout poses real dangers.

                                      • Made in Ukraine: The EU’s Emerging Real(ist) Power

                                        Andriy TyushkaTuesday, May 03, 2022

                                          As Russia continues its war in Ukraine, the EU’s security and defense policies are undergoing major shifts. Brussels may finally be getting real(ist) about hard power.

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