Blogging on Issues of International and European Security

Development: A Barrier In EU-Africa Relations?

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos Calls for a change of the terms of the Africa-EU relationship have been a leitmotiv of the discussions of the different lunch-time seminars organised by the support mechanism … Continue reading

08/03/2014 · 1 Comment

Afghanistan’s region: 2014 and beyond

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos As the Presidential election and the withdrawal of NATO/ISAF troops are looming, there is revived interest in the post-2014 future of Afghanistan and its surrounding neighbourhood. The … Continue reading

31/01/2014 · Leave a comment

Self-publicising CSDP: too little too late?

 by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos The European External Action Service launched yesterday afternoon its web documentary on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Accompanied by a new twitter feed on the … Continue reading

19/12/2013 · Leave a comment

Behind the headlines: Colombia

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos One of the oldest longstanding and protracted conflicts, the still ongoing armed struggle in Colombia has been relegated to the back files of media attention as a permanent … Continue reading

14/11/2013 · Leave a comment

Rule of Law in Action in the Palestinian Territories

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos Last week, ISIS Europe posted its first blogs on its recent visit to the EU’s Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS). The material and information gathered … Continue reading

11/11/2013 · 2 Comments

EUPOL COPPS: success on quicksand

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos Last week, ISIS Europe posted a first short blog on its recent visit to the EU’s Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support (EUPOL COPPS). The material and information … Continue reading

06/11/2013 · 2 Comments

EUPOL COPPS: one of the best civilian CSDP missions?

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos In the context of its work on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), ISIS Europe recently participated in a visit trip to the EU’s Co-ordinating Office … Continue reading

31/10/2013 · 2 Comments

European strategy: is now the moment?

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos Calls for the formulation of a European grand strategy are a common place amongst EU security and defence analysts and practitioners across the Brussels community. It is … Continue reading

02/10/2013 · Leave a comment

Forcing the deployment of Battlegroups: no questions, wrong answers?

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos An expert-level meeting on facilitating the deployment of the European Union’s rapid-reaction forces took place on 25 September in Brussels. The “Battlegroup” (BG) discussion came ahead of … Continue reading

30/09/2013 · Leave a comment

What’s next for NATO?

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO, was speaking at a morning Carnegie Europe event on 19 September. In the sumptuous rooms of the Concert Noble, with the … Continue reading

20/09/2013 · Leave a comment

Figthing Corruption in the Defence Sector

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos In a context where debates in Europe are focusing on budgets and on the reduction of spending in the public sector, fighting wasteful corruption in the defence … Continue reading

20/09/2013 · Leave a comment

Visions for Afghanistan post 2014

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos On 27 June, ISIS Europe attended the roundtable discussion on Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighbourhood in Afghanistan, organised by the Friedrich Ebert … Continue reading

28/06/2013 · Leave a comment

The French White Book: a Contribution to the European Council ?

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos The Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale (IHEDN) and Egmont hosted a conference on “The French White Book on National Defence and Security: A contribution to … Continue reading

19/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Renewed Ambitions for NATO?

by Myrto Hatzigeorgopoulos On 17 June 2013 ISIS Europe attended the “Renewed Ambitions for NATO” event, organised by Carnegie Europe in partnership with the US Mission to NATO. The event … Continue reading

18/06/2013 · Leave a comment


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