As EU member states try to juggle decreasing budgets and increasing costs in the face of an ever more unstable neighbourhood, is Europe trying to maintain its defences by cutting everything that makes them viable? This Brief offers a few answers by looking at some of the latest data available on defence.
Following Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, this Alert offers three possible scenarios on how developments in Crimea will play out.
Egypt’s week began with the resignation of its government and ended with further steps in the empowerment of Field Marshal al-Sisi. But should he become president, how will the Egyptian military position itself?
In the wake of the 7th EU-Brazil summit held on 24 February, this Alert examines the EU-Brazil partnership at a critical juncture.
This alert takes a closer look at the fraught and controversial ties between Afghanistan and its immediate neighbour to the east.
Le déploiement d’une mission EUFOR en RCA aura comme objectif la protection des populations civiles. Quelles leçons peut-on tirer d’opérations dans le passé ayant eu des mandats similaires ?
Presented in the context of a broader CFSP agenda, this Brief offers an overview of the valuable contributions and political support by partner countries to CSDP missions to date. How can this process now be best employed to bolster the overall legitimacy of the EU’s international security role?
Sub-Saharan Africa is both blessed with immense energy resources and challenged by desperate energy poverty. This Brief explains how, as Europe diversifies its energy suppliers and seeks improved energy security, a focus on better energy governance and improved energy sustainability in Africa can help manage this contradiction.
This report undertakes an appraisal of global energy trends and lays out priorities for the EU to improve its energy security through action in the international arena. The shale gas revolution in the US, the nuclear meltdown in Japan, the rising use of coal in emerging economies and the shift of economic gravity to the Asia-Pacific have all complicated energy policy-making in Europe. As import-dependent Europe reacts to this changing landscape, the European foreign policy community will increasingly need to integrate energy security in its work. This report offers new insights into how to approach this challenge.
This Chaillot Paper examines the concept of peacebuilding and the emergence in recent years of a comprehensive approach to conflict management that combines both civilian and military instruments. It highlights the importance of peacebuilding as a foreign policy goal and analyses US and EU approaches to the issue, focusing on the likely future trajectory of transatlantic cooperation in this area.
This report is based on a conference on European defence jointly organised by the EUISS and King’s College London in September. It focuses on CSDP with a view to informing official debates leading up to the upcoming European Council meeting in December. In particular, the report stresses the importance of EU member states strengthening their political and financial commitment to CSDP, as well as the key role of the EU institutions in fostering cooperation and coordination.