European Defense and Security
Friday, 22 July, 2016

Analysis | The world is in turmoil and the ongoing redefinition of power relations has a naval dimension. If the return of the Russian fleet drew attention because of provocations sea border of Europe, the so-called "emerging" countries, China first and foremost, also endow new naval capabilities. Certainly, the US Navy is still out of reach of those euphemistically called "strategic competitors" but the time has come the "burden sharing" with European allies. In truth, said allies are reduced mainly to France and the UK, both countries remain the leading naval powers | By Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute | Published in the magazine Diplomatie. Les grands dossiers n°33, June-July 2016 | (...)




Wednesday, 13 July, 2016

Analysis | Approving or regretting - whatever we might think about the Brexit, it happened. In fact, London’s and Brussel’s agenda and moreover its terms and conditions are of major importance. However, regarding culture and geography, we should not forget that the United Kingdom still belongs to Europe. Furthermore, the UK is a major economic, political and military power, thus a key ally contributing to geopolitical stability and the Defence of Europe. Creating a “special relationship and cooperation” between the European Union and the United Kingdom seems therefore not only sound, but rather necessary | By Jean-Sylvestre MONGRENIER, Research Fellow at the Thomas More Institute | Available in French 

 

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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.

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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 www.securityjam.org 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 (...)