Blogging on Issues of International and European Security

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: ‘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

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

Policy Briefs: Radiography of a Conflict – Thailand’s Penchants for Coups d’État

by Raluca Csernatoni The following is a new feature from ISIS Europe called Policy Briefs. Policy Briefs provide relevant background and succinct recommendations to international security concerns across the globe.  … Continue reading

28/05/2014 · Leave a comment

Why does the EU need an autonomous military muscle when it already has NATO?

by Raluca Csernatoni NATO and the EU have indeed 22 members in common, but they are different institutional entities in terms of goals and scope, with different organizational structures, historical … Continue reading

19/05/2014 · 1 Comment

The Common Security and Defense Policy – The Treaty of Lisbon and the EU’s Defense Dimension

by Raluca Csernatoni “If you want peace prepare for war” [i] Vegetius The Lisbon Treaty – constructing a de facto “common” European security policy? The European Union (EU) has often … Continue reading

14/05/2014 · 1 Comment

Book Review: The Postcolonial Order – Endemic Criminal Violence and the Fetishisation of Law

by Raluca Csernatoni John L. Comaroff and Jean Comaroff (eds.) Law and Disorder in the Postcolony, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2006. The book project of editors John L. … Continue reading

07/05/2014 · Leave a comment

The Civilian and Military Nexus – Thoughts on EDA and the Transformation of Defense

by Raluca Csernatoni What are the implications of hard capability build-up in the field of defense when related to the European Union’s (EU) defense integration and how will the tension … Continue reading

30/04/2014 · Leave a comment

Is the Transnistrian Frozen Conflict Next? Moldova’s Fuzzy Position between Russia and the West

by Raluca Csernatoni The corrosive influence of the existing frozen or protracted conflicts in the European Union’s (EU) Eastern Neighborhood has been made acutely obvious by the Crimean crisis, as … Continue reading

23/04/2014 · 6 Comments

The Asia-Pacific Security Complex – Rewriting the Regional Security Architecture

by Raluca Csernatoni The Asia-Pacific Region has become a vital epicenter of global economic prosperity and of strategic interest to the international security agenda. Vacillating between aspirations to construct a … Continue reading

17/04/2014 · Leave a comment


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