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Sanctions against Russia: evasion, compensation and overcompliance

Putin’s inner circle have tried to evade the US and EU sanctions imposed on them and have been amply compensated for their losses by the state. But tensions are beginning to emerge.

Defence budgets in Europe: downturn or U-turn?

The year 2014 was dubbed a ‘game-changer’ for European security. Will 2015 be similar with regard to European defence spending? This Brief explores three possible scenarios.

Defence spending 2014: the EU picture

Given the worsening security situation in Europe’s neighbourhood, a renewed commitment to defence would represent an important demonstration of solidarity – both within the Union and to partners across the Atlantic.

Partners from a large island: Australia and CSDP

In the light of the country’s recent signing of a Framework Participation Agreement with the EU, this Alert examines Australia’s record of security and defence cooperation with the Union.

Sanctions against ‘aggressors’– seven lessons

This Alert analyses the ‘track record’ of sanctions as a foreign policy tool. It shows how in recent years international sanctions have tended to shift from being comprehensive to targeted, and examines the ‘lessons learned’.

Briefs

  • Sanctions against Russia: evasion, compensation and overcompliance

    Putin’s inner circle have tried to evade the US and EU sanctions imposed on them and have been amply compensated for their losses by the state. But with intra-elite tensions on the rise and sanctions depressing Western lending across the board, their effect on Russia’s strategic calculations should not be underestimated.

  • Defence budgets in Europe: downturn or U-turn?

    The year 2014 was dubbed a ‘game-changer’ for European security. Will 2015 be similar with regard to European defence spending? This Brief explores three possible scenarios.

  • The EU and the NPT: drawing lines

    45 years after its inception, the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) faces old and new challenges. This Brief surveys recent developments ahead of the 2015 Review Conference of the Treaty. As a microcosm of the regime, the European Union is uniquely positioned to bridge the NPT’s main divides.

Publications

  • The European Union's External Action #CFSPbasics

    Produced for the occasion of the EUISS conference with HR/VP Mogherini in April 2015, the leaflet goes back to basics on the EU’s external action. Infographics and illustrations, as well as a glossary of terms and relevant actors, present facts and figures about the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), as well as its broader external action activities – in an easily accessible manner.

     

  • Pride and prejudice: maritime disputes in Northeast Asia

    This report explores the driving sources of tension in Northeast Asia’s three maritime disputes, focusing in particular on developments that have occurred since the late 2000s. At the same time, it examines the existing and emerging forms of maritime cooperation – in the form of various schemes for the joint development of resources in the region – so as to highlight the possible ways forward.

  • Arab futures: three scenarios for 2025

    This report, the outcome of a series of meetings of the Arab Foresight Group, an initiative undertaken by the EUISS, presents three alternative scenarios for the Arab world in 2025. These take into account those ‘megatrends’ which are unlikely to change, and outline three different ways in which policymakers can respond to the crises that currently beset the Middle East and North Africa.