• Expert Commentary

    Les Echos: L'Europe est incapable de gérer l'immigration en provenance du Moyen-Orient

    26 August 2015.  Les Echos interview with Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS LES ECHOS: L'accord conclu le 14 juillet à Vienne par les grandes puissances avec l'Iran ouvre-t-il une nouvelle page? FRANCOIS HEISBOURG: Cet accord change la donne dans le domaine nucléaire. On évite la nucléarisation de l'Iran et on préserve au Moyen-Orient - et dans le monde - le système de non-prolifération nucléaire. Ce qui est en soi absolument majeur. Car on voit mal...

  • Expert Commentary

    Strategic Europe: Is Schengen dead?

    26 August 2015.  In light of Europe’s refugee crisis and recent cross-border terrorist activity, experts assess whether the EU’s Schengen Area, in which participating states have abolished border controls, should be dismantled. Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS In light of Europe’s refugee crisis and recent cross-border terrorist activity, our experts assess whether the EU’s Schengen Area, in which participating states have abolished border controls, should be dismantled. The Schengen Agreement shares a number of features with...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: The European political centre cannot hold (but the EU can)

    21 August 2015.  Europe’s politicians have cleared the last hurdle in accepting Greece’s third financial bailout, but the voting was uncomfortable for everyone. The left-wing populist government in Greece relied on representatives from the more traditional centre-left and centre-right to cover for defections from the ruling coalition; the German government used Social Democrats within the ruling coalition to cover for defections from the chancellor’s own Christian Democrats; and the People's Party for Freedom...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Dana H. Allin: Egon Bahr and the legacy of Ostpolitik

    20 August 2015.  Egon Bahr, the intellectual father, together with his political partner Willy Brandt, of West Germany’s Ostpolitik, has died at the age of 93. I knew him slightly; he served on the advisory council of the Aspen Institute, Berlin, where I was Deputy Director until 1997. I also interviewed him for my first book, Cold War Illusions. Brandt’s and Bahr’s early-1970s policy of détente with the Soviet bloc aroused considerable anxiety...

  • Expert Commentary

    Tehran Times: Iran nuclear deal can open dialogue on issues of common interest

    13 August 2015.  Interview with Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme TEHRAN - Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), believes that the nuclear deal between Iran and the West can create new opportunities for holding talks on “many issues of common interest”.  “Clearing away the nuclear obstacles opens the possibilities for dialogue between Iran and Western nations on other areas of mutual interest that has not...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: The EU Needs to Admit Mistakes

    10 August 2015.  The European Union (EU) is good at writing rules; what it needs is to strengthen the capacity to suspend, ignore or replace rules that are obviously not working or inappropriate in a given situation. In other words, the EU needs to get better at recognising when following the rules is a mistake. This is not going to be a popular argument. Rules are supposed to be rules, after all. Nevertheless...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Tom Waldwyn and Douglas Barrie: European defence-industrial consolidation and the Nexter–KMW merger

    10 August 2015.  By Tom Waldwyn, Assistant Research Analyst for Maritime Forces and Defence Industry and Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace Europe has long struggled to restructure a defence-industrial base that remains predominantly national, with the land-systems sector particularly fragmented. However, on 29 July 2015, Europe’s two main land-systems companies by market share, France’s Nexter and Germany’s Krauss Maffei-Wegmann (KMW), said they had agreed the terms of a merger. On 27 July 2000...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Countries Do Not Borrow, They Are Bought

    28 July 2015.  A lot of the criticism of peripheral countries in the euro area relies on an implicit comparison with households or firms. The argument goes like this: these countries borrowed excessively after they joined the euro at the end of the 1990s in order to live beyond their means, and then got in trouble when they could not pay back the money. This argument is usually directed at the public sector...

  • Events

    Europe after the Greek debacle

    22 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Erik Jones, Professor, European Studies and International Political Economy; Director, European and Eurasian Studies; Johns Hopkins University
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 22 July 2015, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Sustainable Integration as a Response to Draghi’s ‘Imperfect’ Union

    20 July 2015.  When Mario Draghi was asked last Thursday (16 July) whether the recent crisis surrounding Greece had made the monetary union more vulnerable, he gave an astonishingly frank response. Draghi denied that the discussion about Greece made the union more vulnerable; nevertheless, he admitted that: this union is imperfect. And being imperfect, is fragile, is vulnerable, and doesn’t deliver all the benefits that it could if it were to be completed. So...

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