The Lisbon Treaty introduced the most far-reaching reforms to EU foreign and security policy cooperation since the 1990s. In the following piece, Heidi Maurer (University of Bristol) and Nicholas Wright (UCL) explain the effects of the Lisbon Treaty on the EU’s Political and Security Committee, and how the committee is now battling to maintain its influence. This piece was originally written for the LSE’s European … Continue reading The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?
Dr. Nicholas Wright, Lecturer in EU Politics, Department of Political Science UCL, discusses the implications arising from the Commission’s U-turn on triggering Article 16 in the vaccine supply row and highlights the lessons that can be learnt from this debacle. Continue reading The European Commission and the Article 16 Debacle
Dr. Nicholas Wright explains why the UK is in for a ‘foreign policy reckoning’ with the incoming Biden administration in the US. Continue reading UK foreign policy in the Biden era: an opportunity for the UK to re-establish itself post-Brexit as a credible international partner
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. Continue reading The strategic challenges facing EU security and defence cooperation
Boris Johnson is demanding that the Withdrawal Agreement is scrapped and renegotiated, and is insisting that he won’t meet EU leaders until they agree to this. The major source of contention is the backstop, which guarantees an open border on the island of Ireland post-Brexit, but ties the UK to the EU’s Customs Union. In a new Brexit Insights paper, Dr Nicholas Wright assesses the … Continue reading Why Northern Ireland can’t afford a ‘do or die’ Brexit