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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’.

EU-LAC: the other transatlantic partnership

This Brief maps out the main issues which will be addressed at the upcoming EU-CELAC summit in Brussels.

Lebanon’s civil war: seven lessons forty years on

It is now four decades since the outbreak of Lebanon’s civil war. But with similar conflicts spreading across the Middle East, the country’s tragic history can still provide useful lessons on how to end such violence.

Pride and prejudice: maritime disputes in Northeast Asia

This report explores the driving sources of tension in Northeast Asia’s three maritime disputes, in particular since 2000.

Russia’s info-war: theory and practice

Drawing on a Hobbesian vision of the world as an arena of incessant inter-state conflict, Russia' military theory sets out techniques that aggressors can use to subvert the information space of its adversaries.


  • 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.

  • Sanctions and Russia: lessons from the Cold War

    This Brief seeks to draw out the lessons learnt from the sanctions imposed on the Soviet Union during the Cold War. What parallels are there with Putin’s Russia? Are they effective foreign policy tools or simply blunt instruments which harm the West as much as the Kremlin?

  • Whatever happened to Yemen’s army?

    This Brief takes a look at the implosion of Yemen’s armed forces, and how this has exacerbated the already dire security situation in the country. It seeks to underline the complexity of the dynamics on the ground, proving that the causes of Yemen’s woes go beyond over-simplistic explanations based on sectarian antagonisms.


  • 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.