• Politics and Strategy

    Bastian Giegerich and Maximilian Terhalle: The Munich consensus and the purpose of German power

    11 February 2016.  There is a new German question: will Germany be able to assume the mantle of leadership in the security-policy realm? Both political leaders in Germany and a growing chorus of international partners suggest that Germany has rejected it for too long. In December 2015, Time chose Angela Merkel as ‘Chancellor of the Free World’, a decision reflecting a wider phenomenon: German economic and political power in Europe has grown, and...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 4: Europe

    09 February 2016.  Europe: NATO: towards the Warsaw Summit; Turkey takes action; EU: seeking to build a strategy; OSCE: looking to build on renewed relevance; New German defence white paper; Defence Economics; Macroeconomics; Defence spending; Procurement; Defence industry
    France: International deployments; Defence economics; Procurement and industry
    Poland: Defence policy; Alliance relationships; Military transformation; Force modernisation; Defence economics; Defence budget; Defence industry
    United Kingdom: Armed forces; Defence review: increasing military ambition; Personnel challenges; Defence economics; Defence-budget uplift; Uncertainty over the NATO 2% target

  • Events

    Peace Without Money, War Without Americans - Can European Strategy Cope?

    04 February 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Professor Dr Sven Biscop, Director, Europe in the World Programme, Egmont – The Royal Institute for International Relations, Belgium
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 4 February 2016, 12.30-1.30pm

  • Survival

    Confronting Europe’s Single Market

    19 January 2016. 

    The European Union’s problems do not originate in money or migrants; they stem, ultimately, from the single market itself.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: EU in crisis? Blame the single market, not Schengen and the euro

    18 December 2015.  When critics want to explain why the European Union (EU) is in crisis, they usually point to the euro or the Schengen Agreement. These are areas of vital national sovereignty, they argue. A government without a currency cannot preserve its national competitiveness, and has no status as a lender of last resort. A government that cannot monitor its borders cannot stem the flow of illegal workers, criminals and terrorists. There...

  • Events

    What Next for Defence Acquisition Reform?

    08 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, United Kingdom 
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 8 December 2015

  • Military Balance Blog

    Henry Boyd: UK expands air operations against ISIS

    03 December 2015.  By Henry Boyd, Research Associate for Defence and Military Analysis On 2 December, the House of Commons voted to widen the scope of the United Kingdom’s combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). After the parliamentary vote, the first attacks on targets in Syria by manned UK aircraft – on ISIS oil installations – took place in the early hours of 3 December. The UK has previously...

  • Expert Commentary

    Ethics and Armed Forces: Hybrid Attacks Demand Comprehensive Defense

    01 December 2015.  By Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis What is new about hybrid warfare is its immediate relevance to Europe’s security. NATO and the EU are working on strategy papers, as according to Bastian Giegerich it is not only European security interests but the entire Euro-Atlantic security order that is under threat. From the European perspective, Europe is currently experiencing hybrid attacks from two directions. The actors are pursuing very different...

  • Events

    Alastair Buchan Lecture 2015: Toomas Hendrik Ilves

    01 December 2015. 

    Alastair Buchan Memorial Lecture
    Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 1 December

  • Strategic Comments

    Britain in Europe: battle commences

    19 November 2015. 

    While some of the changes to Britain’s relationship with the European Union that Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking, particularly on restricting the free movement of people and welfare benefits for migrants, will be hard for other members to stomach, others seem quite achievable.

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