European Defense and Security
Monday, 19 January, 2015

OpinionDefense Minister at the time of the abolition of compulsory military service, Charles MILLON, Trustee of the Thomas More Institute, analyzes the possibility of restoring a national service, currently advocated by some politicians | Published on, January 19, 2015 | Available in French


| Lorsque vous étiez ministre de la Défense en 1997, vous étiez en charge du dossier de la réforme du service national. Vous avez prôné sa suppression, qui a eu lieu. Pourquoi ?

Quand j'ai été nommé ministre au début, j'étais favorable à la conscription. C'est après trois mois d'études à la demande de Jacques Chirac que je me suis rendu compte que cette position était intenable, financièrement, et (...)

Monday, 12 January, 2015

Analysis | Since January, the 1st, Latvia is presiding the European Union. The fact calls attention over this country very concerned by the new Russia’s threat. The EU’s member states have to support Latvia’s presidency and above all the will to strengthen the Eastern Partnership in the East of Europe and South Caucasus | By Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Researche Fellow at the Thomas More Institute | Available in French

Depuis le 1er janvier 2015, la Lettonie préside l’Union européenne (UE). Après la Lituanie, en 2013, elle est le deuxième État balte à assumer cette responsabilité. Cela appelle l’attention sur un pays justement préoccupé par le retour de la menace russe, de la Baltique à la mer Noire, avec (...)

Monday, 8 December, 2014

Analysis | The European Union (EU) is a flexible Pan-European Commonwealth rather than a real Commonwill. If the EU is an incomplete global player, there is room for maneuver. In this dangerous world, the soft power rhetoric can no longer be a way-out. Threats and challenges require a stronger common foreign policy toward Russia, in the neighbourhood and in Eastern Asia… | Text of the speech of Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute, “Europe and East Asia – Opportunities and Challenges”, 31th Euro-Taiwan Conference, organized by the Institute of International Relations of National Chengchi University, in partnership with the Thomas More Institute, Taipeh (Taiwan), 7-10 December 2014 (...)

Wednesday, 8 October, 2014

Tribune 46 | On 2 October 2014, the Turkish parliament passed legislation enabling the deployment of troops in the Syrian-Iraqi region. Ankara procrastination and late rally at the US-Western coalition committed against the "Islamic State" will yet rise to variations around a central question: Is Turkey a reliable ally? If put into perspective of the Turkish alliance reveals a complex history and geopolitics, participation in NATO has not been questioned, even during the "neo-Ottoman" bracket Davutoglu, the former minister Foreign Affairs became head of government. In this context, the Turkish-Western alliance remains essential, but it will better reflect the interests and political-military objectives of Turkey  | By (...)

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014

Tribune 43The Newport Atlantic Summit of Newport (September 4 and 5, 2014) will take place in a difficult geopolitical context. The war lead by Russia against Ukraine gets a lot of consequences in the entire Europe. NATO members will have to reassert the mutual defense tenet. In the Great Middle East, threats are adding up and entire areas tumble in chaos with dramatical consequences. Allies must to cop in the face of East and be ready to intervene on overseas theaters while conducting cunter-terrorist strategies. Together, they have to conserve the free movement of flows conditionnig modern societies all day life. It is urgent to reinforce and also to upload NATO | By Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Research Fellow at the Thomas (...)

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