Security and Defense

  • France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”
    October 07, 2021

    Despite the fallout over AUKUS, France does not intend to withdraw from the Indo-Pacific. The diplomatic crisis has given President Macron a chance to make his country’s voice heard on a major geostrategic issue.

  • Europe’s New Walls

    Judy DempseyTuesday, October 05, 2021

      Belarus is illegally sending migrants to Lithuania and Poland in response to these governments’ outspoken criticism of Lukashenko’s crackdown on the opposition. This cynical strategy is prompting the EU to forge its own short-sighted migration policy.

    • Judy Asks: Can Germany Provide Leadership to Europe?

      Judy DempseyThursday, September 30, 2021

        Berlin’s ability and willingness to lead Europe cannot be taken for granted. Any new coalition will first have to overcome major internal differences on climate, foreign policy, and defense before tackling the EU’s future direction.

      • Australia and the Cost of Texting Europe

        Geoff KitneyTuesday, September 28, 2021

          Unconvinced by the EU’s stance toward an increasingly assertive China, Australia has sidelined Europe in its approach to the Indo-Pacific. This places Canberra’s trade and diplomatic relations with Europe at risk.

        • Merkel’s Silence Over Defense Will Haunt Her Successor

          Judy DempseyThursday, September 23, 2021

            Germany’s next chancellor will have to finally define Berlin’s security and defense interests. That means addressing the future of U.S. nuclear weapons stationed in the country and the desperate need to modernize Germany’s armed forces.

          • What the U.S.-British-Australian Security Pact Means for Europe

            Rosa BalfourTuesday, September 21, 2021

              The military alliance forged between the United States, Australia, and the UK at the expense of France will lead to new alignments and could profoundly impact the transatlantic relationship. The United States and its European allies should know what’s at stake.

            • Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan Debacle Change Your Country’s Foreign and Security Policy?

              Judy DempseyThursday, September 16, 2021

                The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan has left European capitals skeptical about such missions and critical of American leadership. The debacle should lead to frank discussions about NATO’s role and the EU’s defense ambitions.

              • Afghanistan Will Not Make Europe a Defense Player

                Judy DempseyTuesday, September 07, 2021

                  Blaming NATO and the United States for the West’s failure in Afghanistan won’t help Europe establish a credible security and defense policy. Its continued absence leaves the EU’s citizens and neighborhoods vulnerable.

                • Judy Asks: Should the West Talk to the Taliban?

                  Judy DempseyThursday, September 02, 2021

                    Western governments must be clear that any eventual engagement with the Taliban will have strict conditions, including respect for women’s rights. Speaking to the Taliban leadership should not be equated with legitimizing the new regime.

                  • What Afghanistan Should Mean for Europe

                    Judy DempseyTuesday, August 24, 2021

                      The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban lays bare Europe’s lack of strategic foresight and dangerous dependence on the United States. The EU must address its shortcomings or risk losing the ability to defend its values and interests.

                    • Iran’s New President Means Headache and Opportunity for Europe

                      Cornelius AdebahrTuesday, June 22, 2021

                        With the election of a hardliner as Iranian president, eight years of European thinking that Tehran could be a partner will come to an end. It’s time for the EU to address not only the nuclear file but also regional security threats.

                      • Judy Asks: Is NATO Ready for China?

                        Judy DempseyThursday, June 17, 2021

                          At the latest NATO summit, allies jointly identified China as a systemic challenge to alliance security. But diverging views on China’s challenge among the partners hinder a consensus on NATO action.

                        • Joe Biden’s Europe Visit: Mending What Trump Broke

                          Marc PieriniThursday, June 10, 2021

                            At the NATO summit, President Biden will have to deal with Donald Trump’s pernicious legacy. The biggest challenges include Russia and Turkey, both of which have undermined the alliance solidarity.

                          • Europe Is Finally Waking Up Over Belarus

                            Judy DempseyTuesday, May 25, 2021

                              It took the hijacking of a plane and the kidnapping of a journalist to shake Europe out of its complacency over Belarus. Beyond sanctions, the EU’s response should include supporting Belarusian society and reconsidering Nord Stream 2.

                            • Judy Asks: Can Europe Do Anything to De-escalate the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

                              Judy DempseyThursday, May 20, 2021

                                The EU’s hollow statements expressing “concern” over the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration will not deter either party. Unless the Europeans use what little leverage they have, they can forget about having a strategic role in the region.

                              • The Powerlessness of the Palestinians

                                Judy DempseyTuesday, May 18, 2021

                                  The renewed fighting between Israel and Hamas should be a catalyst for ending the unsustainable status quo in the region. Negotiating a ceasefire and rebuilding trust will require an immense diplomatic effort by the United States and regional actors.

                                • The EU’s Passive Approach to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

                                  Marwan MuasherThursday, May 06, 2021

                                    The Europeans have paid lip service to a two-state solution based on an independent Palestine alongside Israel. But without a clear plan to make it happen, such a solution will remain unattainable.

                                  • The Wider Context of President Biden's Armenian Statement

                                    Marc PieriniTuesday, April 27, 2021

                                      Biden’s recognition of the killing and deportation of Armenians as genocide has caused outrage in Turkey. Dealing with a nation’s past is immensely complex. It can only be done by a country’s leaders and citizens.

                                    • Putin’s Undeclared Red Lines—For Now

                                      Gwendolyn SasseThursday, April 22, 2021

                                        Russia is bound to have prepared for different military scenarios in Ukraine. Spreading uncertainty is an essential part of Putin’s policy.

                                      • Judy Asks: Should NATO Admit Ukraine?

                                        Judy DempseyThursday, April 15, 2021

                                          There is no consensus in NATO in favor of Ukraine’s membership. What the most determined Western countries can do is provide intelligence and military support to Ukraine, including weaponry and capability building.

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