Category Archives: Defense and Military Engagement

FriendsOfEurope: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy

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Mali (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FriendsOfEurope: France in Mali: Now or Never for European Foreign and Security Policy http://ow.ly/2uyb8Q

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GMFUS: America Rediscovers the Atlantic

GMFUS: America Rediscovers the Atlantic –

This article was first published in Aspenia, Aspen Italia’s journal. It can be read here in its original form (printed in Italian).

Most Europeans will be pleased with the re-election of President Obama after a campaign that many in Europe never realized was such a close run thing. Yet, there are lingering concerns, not least over the extent to which a second Obama Administration will focus on transatlantic relations – a subject that hardly featured in the presidential campaign. Public opinion surveys, and comments from American officials have many convinced that the so-called “pivot to Asia” spells less attention to the Atlantic. Americans, especially younger Americans, are looking to Asia as a region increasingly important to their perceived interests. But this hardly means that the Atlantic has disappeared from the US agenda. Indeed, the strategic significance of the Atlantic could acquire important new meaning to the extent that it is defined more broadly, to include the Atlantic basin as a whole, north and south. The north-south and south-south dimensions of transatlantic relations are poised to take center stage.

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RUSI: Euronaval: Reinforcing the Strategic Importance of the Sea

RUSI: Euronaval: Reinforcing the Strategic Importance of the Sea http://ow.ly/2uxXw3

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Key EU countries call for radical overhaul of foreign and defence policy

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Guido Westerwelle at a meeting with Carl Bildt, at the foreign ministry in Stockholm, Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friends Of Europe, September 20, 2012

Five of the six biggest countries in the EU, excluding Britain, have called for an overhaul of European foreign and defense policy in a bid to make the EU a bigger global player.

The “Future of Europe Group”, led by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, has compiled over the past nine months a 12 page document of policy recommendations concerning the future of Europe… (more) http://ow.ly/2shu79

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Political and Strategic Implications of Europe’s Crisis (part 4)

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A map showing European membership of the EU and NATO. EU member only NATO member only Member of both  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Luis Simón and Julian Lindley-FrenchEuropean Geostrategy, September 19, 2012

Over the next few months the editors of European Geostrategy will undertake a number of interviews with various individuals who are involved in thinking about European foreign, security and military policies. In this fourth interview in the series, Luis Simón discusses the political and strategic implications of Europe’s crisis with Julian Lindley-French, the Eisenhower Professor of Defence Strategy at the Netherlands Defence Academy and author of a popular blog on European military affairs… (more) http://ow.ly/2sgU9g

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The Swiss illusion

By Hans Kundnani, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), September 19, 2012

At the end of last week I attended the Riga Conference, an annual Transatlantic foreign-policy conference that goes back to the 2006 NATO summit. For me one of the most extraordinary moments of the conference came during a panel discussion on the diminishing importance of Europe and the future of the West. The panelists included Julianne Smith, deputy national security adviser to US Vice President Joe Biden, and Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, a former German ambassador to Russia and the UK. During the discussion, a member of the audience asked whether Europe might be becoming a greater Switzerland – rich but neutral and strategically irrelevant. Von Ploetz’s simple response was: “Switzerland is not such a bad country!”… (more)  http://ow.ly/1mwQeD

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Ballistic Missile Defence for Europe: Now More Than Ever

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A right front view of a vehicle-mounted Soviet Galosh anti-ballistic missile launcher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By George Galdorisi and Scott C Truver, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Defence Systems, 18 Sep 2012:

Europe has long been accustomed to the benefits of collective defence. In 2012, one of the most compelling threats to European civilian populations – as well as to NATO troops deployed overseas – is that of ballistic missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) being fired by rogue nations or by transnational terrorist groups.
This emerging threat to Europe is being tackled with urgent dispatch… (more) http://ow.ly/1mvNeK

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