Blogging on Issues of International and European Security

Critical infrastructure protection in the cyber-age

By Manuel Tornago On June 30th, the Security & Defence Agenda held an evening debate in Brussels, for a discussion on the cyber-security landscape in Europe and the possibilities offered by … Continue reading

07/08/2014 · Leave a comment

Why Belarus is different

  by Manuel Tornago The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies and the Office for a Democratic Belarus had recently organized a conference on the subject of Belarus’ internal politics … Continue reading

25/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Policy Brief: The Curious Case of NATO-Russia Relations: Keeping Open the Political Dialogue

by Raluca Csernatoni Since the end of the Cold War many critical voices have questioned NATO’s raison d’être and whether NATO has outlived its original usefulness. Current events, from the … Continue reading

25/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Is Liberal Democracy compatible with Islam?

  by Raluca Csernatoni The 20th century has witnessed three major waves of democratic expansionism corresponding to dramatic periods in the theoretical and empirical development of liberal democracy: the first … Continue reading

17/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Article Review: “Ethical Power Europe”, Between Realism and Idealism

by Raluca Csernatoni Adrian Hyde-Price, “A ‘tragic actor’? A realist perspective on ‘ethical power Europe’.” International Affairs 84:1 (2008): 29-44 Ian Manners, “The normative ethics of the European Union.” International … Continue reading

14/07/2014 · Leave a comment

The Future of Transatlantic Relations: An Improved Common Security and Defense Policy for a Better Partnership

by Raluca Csernatoni The following article was originally published by the German Marshall Fund’s blog competition on Transatlantic Cooperation. You can view the original here.  The future of the transatlantic … Continue reading

11/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Europe’s House of Cards? Between Democratic Deficit and CSDP Legitimacy

by Raluca Csernatoni Jürgen Habermas, the esteemed philosopher and recognized ‘Last European’, might have overstated the downfall of the European ideal by saying that Europe is ‘experiencing a dismantling of … Continue reading

08/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Policy Briefs: European Energy Security in Light of the Ukraine Crisis

by Jared Brow Escalation of the crisis in Ukraine has directly threatened energy security in Europe and is forcing policy makers to evaluate the lack of diversification among European energy … Continue reading

03/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Policy Briefs: ‘The Game of Drones’ – Hybrid Unmanned Vehicles as the Next Step in EU Defence

by Raluca Csernatoni In times of economic austerity, the recent debates on defence capabilities have centred on Europe’s clear development and innovation lag, warned against the cuts in national defence … Continue reading

25/06/2014 · 1 Comment

The Cost of UN Peacekeeping – A Good Deal or a Waste of Money?

By Saara Ilmonen Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies in cooperation with VVN organised a lunch lecture with a topic of “The Cost of UN Peacekeeping – A Good Deal … Continue reading

20/06/2014 · Leave a comment

The Need for Greater Transatlantic Cybersecurity Cooperation

by Jared Brow Defining Cyberspace Cybersecurity is a vague blanket term that encompasses a variety of security threats,mainly due to the fact that cyberspace itself is borderless. Cyberspace is not … Continue reading

19/06/2014 · Leave a comment

The Dronisation of Wars – “La Dronisation de la Guerre, entre Stratégie et Normes?”

by Manuel Tornago During the event “La Dronisation de la Guerre, entre Stratégie et Normes?”, organized by the Madariaga College of Europe Foundation and held on 13 June 2014 in … Continue reading

18/06/2014 · Leave a comment

Policy Briefs: Libya’s Rubicon – From Democratic Transition to Civil Chaos

by Raluca Csernatoni After almost two years since the July 2012 elections, the Libyan crisis has not shown any signs of de-escalation: the country continues to face political turmoil, tribal … Continue reading

18/06/2014 · Leave a comment

2014 – Afghanistan in Transition

By Manuel Tornago “Are we going to witness a security crash followed by an economic break-down?” Such is the opening question that Dr. Beate Maeder-Metcalf, Vice-President and Director for Regional … Continue reading

13/06/2014 · Leave a comment


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