The strategic challenges facing EU security and defence cooperation

Dr Nicholas Wright, Teaching Fellow in EU Politics, Department of Political Science UCL, argues that the EU must consider the wider factors impacting foreign, defence and security policy if it is to have a meaningful role on the international stage. Since 2016 there has been a slow but significant increase in EU defence and security cooperation. The EU’s Global Strategy published in July of that … Continue reading The strategic challenges facing EU security and defence cooperation

Will the EU’s foreign policy and defence ambitions be reflected in the next long-term budget?

Anna Nadibaidze, analyst of European affairs, foreign policy and security and holder of MSc in International Relations from LSE, assesses the EU’s budgetary commitments towards foreign policy and defence in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created a major challenge for the EU’s ability to live up to its plans for future defence and security integration, it … Continue reading Will the EU’s foreign policy and defence ambitions be reflected in the next long-term budget?

Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, begins by outlining the limitations of EU security and defence cooperation. He then explains that cooperation post-Brexit will be difficult, as the EU will set a high bar for UK participation in its security initiatives, and both sides have an incentive to show they can function without the other. Brexit has created … Continue reading Brexit and the Paradoxes of European Security

Opportunity Cost: Why Brexit is not quite the security and defence moment Brussels has been banking on

Benjamin Martill, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, argues that although many in Brussels view Brexit as a golden opportuntity for EU security and defence, and several initiatives have been pushed forward, the reality is more complicated. French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent claim that NATO was ‘brain-dead’ and that Europe needed to focus on building up its own security and defence … Continue reading Opportunity Cost: Why Brexit is not quite the security and defence moment Brussels has been banking on

The Moral Maze: Values and conflict in EU foreign policy

Only weeks away from the confirmation of Josep Borrell as the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Marta Kozielska and Benjamin Martill take stock of the challenges and trade-offs current world politics present him with. European Values and the Extra-European World Josep Borrell, the EU’s nominee for the position of High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, and former Spanish foreign minister, arrives … Continue reading The Moral Maze: Values and conflict in EU foreign policy