Security and Defense

  • Judy Asks: Is Europe in Denial About Russia?
    November 18, 2021

    Most European leaders are disillusioned with Russia. But continuing divisions inside the EU over how to deal with the Kremlin prevent a coherent Russia strategy and play into the hands of Putin.

  • Lukashenko Uses Migrants to Exploit Europe’s Vulnerability

    Judy DempseyTuesday, November 09, 2021

      The EU has been slow and irresolute in stopping Minsk from using migrants as a hybrid weapon to weaken the bloc. A migration and asylum policy—not a fortress Europe—is the answer.

    • The EU’s Humiliating Failure in Bosnia

      Kurt BassuenerThursday, November 04, 2021

        The EU has long been the dominant player in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however its policy toward the country and the Western Balkans more broadly is failing. A recent vote in the UN Security Council has destroyed what was left of the union’s credibility.

      • The West Cannot Rescue Arms Control Alone

        Judy DempseyTuesday, November 02, 2021

          The global arms control regime is disintegrating. To reverse this trend, Europe and the United States will have to find a way to engage both Russia and China.

        • COP26 and the Foreign Policy Blind Spot in Europe’s Climate Action

          Richard YoungsTuesday, October 26, 2021

            As a leader in international climate diplomacy, the EU still lacks an ecological foreign policy. The union will need to make some far-reaching changes to its geopolitical strategies if it is to place ecological imperatives above other interests.

          • France’s Indo-Pacific “Third Way”

            Philippe Le CorreThursday, 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.

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