European Defense and Security
Monday, 16 March, 2015

Analysis | After the Cold War, the concept of Soft Power defined by Joseph Nye became a very common term in geopolitical writings. Somehow, “Soft Power” is used as a key word in political communication and even seen as a betting system. However, “Soft Power” is also a soft concept, and it will not compensate the lack of power on one hand, the lack of dialog between various confessions, ethnics and cultures on the other hand. This last issue is situated on another plan… | By Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute

It has become customary today to talk about “Soft Power” in international relations and geopolitics. After the Cold War, it is well known that the concept of Soft Power (...)

Wednesday, 4 February, 2015

Opinion |Former French Defence Minister (1995-1997) and Trustee of the Thomas More Institute, Charles MILLON is at the origin of the abolition of military service, which was subsequently endorsed by the socialist majority. It refers to the debate around the creation of a new national service, requested by some socialists and some conservatives and should be discussed by François Hollande, on Thursday, at its press conference | Published on, February 4, 2015 | Available in French


| Souhaitez-vous le retour d'un service national en France ?

Si l'objectif est d'aider à l'éducation des jeunes Français – qu'ils soient d'origine immigrée ou non –, cela doit se passer davantage dans les familles, dans les (...)

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015

Key Facts 1 | Far from being resolved, the Ukrainian issue is still ahead of us. On January 29th, 2015, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) gathered to discuss the situation in Ukraine once more. On the field, the paramilitary groups armed by Moscow and the Russian soldiers have launched their offensive. The Donetsk airport fell and the port city of Mariupol (Azov Sea) is being bombarded. Up north, the battle of Debaltseve – a railway lines and roads under Ukrainian control -  has begun. If European and Western countries have managed to set up a common diplomatic front against Russia, as well as to impose to it economic sanctions, some are still struggling to take the full measure of the events. Hence, we must (...)

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 (...)

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