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Numbers on capabilities: defence inflation vs. cost escalation

This Brief seeks to improve the understanding of the relation between (cripplingly) expensive capabilities and complex security challenges. What are the true effects of cost escalation of weapon systems?

Adding fuel to the fire? Arming the Kurds

The decision by EU member states to supply the Iraqi Kurds with weapons in the face of an onslaught by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seems logical. But could there be unintended consequences?

Asylum flows to the EU: blip or norm?

In May 2015, the EU-28, Switzerland and Norway received the highest number of asylum applications on record. What is the EU doing to address the matter?

Sanctions: moving targets and goalposts

Sanctions regimes are not static: the relative importance of crises for a foreign policy actor can evolve over time. As a responsive sanctioner, the EU, too, has displayed its ability to hit moving targets in this regard.

China: reshaping the global order?

Beijing's believes that its economic weight will eventually convert into political clout. This Alert examines how the creation of regional and global institutions has become a key part of this strategy.

India and the EU: what opportunities for defence cooperation?

Since Modi took office last year, India has embarked on a number of measures to encourage the development of the country’s indigenous defence capabilities. Is there a role for the EU in this process?

EU sanctions: exit strategies

This Alert argues that by signalling its commitment to reward compliance through a phased exit strategy, the Union lends credence to the reversibility of sanctions.

Briefs

  • Putting numbers on capabilities: defence inflation vs. cost escalation

    This Brief seeks to improve the understanding of the relation between (cripplingly) expensive capabilities and complex security challenges. What are the true effects of cost escalation of weapon systems? And is European defence suffering as a result?

  • EU sanctions in context: three types

    This Brief provides an overview of EU sanctions practices. Considering the combined and interactive effects of co-existing sanctions regimes, it also examines the implications of sanctions measures, often closely interlinked with UN practice, for the EU as a multilateral actor.

  • Sanctions against Iran: the role of pivotal rising powers

    Rising powers can play a pivotal role in enhancing the multilateral sanctions regime against Iran. But their readiness to support the endeavours of the major sanctioning actors is not a given.

Publications

  • 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.

  • Women & Armed Conflicts and the issue of Sexual Violence

    This report derives from a colloquium on the theme of ‘Women & War’ organised jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) which took place on 30 September 2014 in Brussels. The proceedings of this colloquium have been written by the speakers or by the Delegation of the ICRC in Brussels on the basis of audio recordings of the event.

  • CSDP in action – What contribution to international security?

    This Chaillot Paper looks at CSDP operations and missions, and explores how they fit into the broader crisis management environment and multilateral efforts towards international peace. It highlights the inherent constraints facing CSDP and how these inevitably limit its overall impact or degree of success. The paper also examines the EU’s added value and the extent to which CSDP is moving forward at various levels.