European Defense and Security
Thursday, 9 June, 2016

Key Facts 15 | As Europe is still dependent on Russian gas, Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Environment pretends to prohibit the import of shale gas production from the US. However, this import will play an important role in diversifying gas supplies for Europe and it will be a contribution its energy security. Our explanation… | By Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute | Available in French

Sous la présidence de Nicolas Sarkozy (2007-2012), les autorités françaises ont interdit l’exploitation du gaz de schiste et banni toute recherche sur une source d’énergie qui, déjà, bouleversait le marché mondial des hydrocarbures. D’aucuns y ont vu une grave erreur économique, (...)

Monday, 25 April, 2016

Tribune 50If the word of “activism” might be pejorative, it is true that France is at the cutting-edge of the “war on terrorism”. We must also point to France’s inclination to act as a lone ranger or to prefer frameworks other than NATO. However, it does not mean that the political and military authorities have found out the full extent of the terrorist phenomenon. Furthermore, the French preference for coalitions of good wills must not be seen as a form of hostility against NATO. The main idea is to be reactive and flexible. Lastly, this preference should not hide the importance of NATO to set up swiftly such a coalition and to protect the Eastern borders.

Text of the speech of Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Research (...)

Friday, 8 April, 2016

Opinion | Counter-terrorism and other security issues will be debated in the 2016 Security Jam, April 25-28. This massive online brainstorm unites thousands of participants from governments, academia, think tanks, the media and the private sector around a virtual table to develop innovative solutions to today’s challenges. Visit to learn more | By Philippe MAZE-SENCIER, Senior Director, McLarty Associates (Washington), member of the Board of the Thomas More Institute | Published by Europe’s World

On 14th November 2015, Europe woke up shocked and dazed following the terrorist assault on Paris. Four months later, the dramatic attacks on the Belgian and European Union capital once again underlined that this (...)

Thursday, 24 March, 2016

Video | Latest Brussels attacks have again shown a certain fragility of Europe to terrorism. Since 2004, the mainland has been hit several times: Madrid, London, Paris and Brussels today. During these eleven years, Europe is equipped with instruments to strengthen its capacity for action but are they effective? The lack of common strategy and cooperation do not they put the Old Continent in Peril? For debate, Jerome PIGNÉ, Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute, was the guest of the show Le débat, on France 24 TV, on Thursday, March 25, 2016, with René-Georges QUERRY, former head of the UCLAT (Unité de coordination de la lutte anti-terroriste, France) and Caroline de Camaret, France24 journalist specialized in European (...)

Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Opinion | While there are almost seven years now that the French army returned to the Integrated Command of NATO, France has, it seems, benefited from the return to power militarily | Interview with Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Associate at the French Institute of Geopolitics (Paris VIII) and Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute | Published on, March 16, 2016 | Available in French


| Le 17 mars 2009, François Fillon a fait voter la confiance de son gouvernement sur la question de la réintégration de la France dans le commandant intégré de l'OTAN. Sept ans plus tard, quel bilan peut-on faire du retour de la France dans les hautes sphères de cette instance ? 

De prime abord, rappelons que la France (...)

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