An agency of the EU

Refugees versus terrorists

With the suspicion that two newly-registered refugees carried out the November Paris attacks, this Alert explores – and debunks – fears that refugee flows have become a backchannel for terrorists entering Europe.

Syrian refugee flows – and ebbs

One common assumption has been that refugees are leaving camps in Jordan and Lebanon and moving on through Turkey into the EU. But because of the northward shift of the Syrian conflict, the reality is somewhat different.

Transatlantic drug trafficking – via Africa

The growing market for illicit substances in Europe also poses challenges for West Africa. This Alert shows how its optimal geographical location is turning it into a hotbed for smuggling networks operating out of Latin America.

Waging #Eurojihad: foreign fighters in ISIL

There are around 5,000 EU citizens currently fighting for ISIL. How are they recruited? What is reality like under the rule of the so-called caliphate? And, perhaps most importantly, how and why do they return?

Towards an EU global strategy – Background, process, references

Against the background of the ongoing consultation exercise on developing an EU global strategy, this book presents and contextualises the documents that have successively codified the Union’s external action objectives.


  • Russia's world: facing a century of instability

    Euro-Atlantic audiences are increasingly alarmed at Russia’s behaviour at home and abroad. This Brief examines the Russian worldview in order to understand how and why the Russian leadership acts as it does.

  • War of words: Saudi Arabia v Iran

    Over the years, Saudi-Iranian relations have seen numerous ups and downs. This Brief tells the story of their rocky relationship in their own words, starting with the crowning of Saudi Arabia’s first king in 1924 and continuing up until today's latest developments.

  • Saudi Arabia and the Islamic alliance

    The first EUISS Brief of 2016 looks at the newly created Saudi-led Islamic military alliance, and explains how its purpose is threefold: counter-balance Iranian influence in the region, restore Saudi Arabia’s somewhat tarnished Muslim reputation and create military synergies between signatories.


  • The EU neighbours 1995-2015: shades of grey

    This Chaillot Paper charts the changes that have taken place in the countries and regions adjacent to the EU over the past two decades, and analyses how the upheavals of recent years have altered the EU’s relationship with and approach to its eastern and southern neighbours.

  • On target? EU sanctions as security policy tools

    This Report, the outcome of an EUISS Task Force on sanctions, offers valuable insight into a practice that is now part and parcel of the Union's ‘security’ policy toolbox. It aims to shed more light on an EU policy area that is still under-researched at a time when sanctions are becoming more important in terms of their number, scale and political salience.

  • Arctic security matters

    The Arctic region is currently undergoing major and rapid transformation, both environmentally and economically. This report, the outcome of a EUISS Task Force, examines how these changes carry significant political implications, and highlights the new security challenges that are emerging in the region.