Blogging on Issues of International and European Security

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

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

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

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

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

Information Wars in the Post-Modern World

by Alexander Svitych The following is a guest post as a second part of a new series from the author. Views expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect … Continue reading

10/04/2014 · 1 Comment

International Observation Of Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum

by Saara Ilmonen The Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), together with MEP Eija-Riitta Korhola (EPP) hosted a roundtable on ‘International Observation of Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum – Challenges Ahead’ … Continue reading

19/03/2014 · 2 Comments

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

Is corruption holding Europe back?

by Saara Ilmonen The European Policy Centre (EPC) and Transparency International (TI) organised an event “Is corruption holding Europe back? Lessons from the first EU anti-corruption report” to mark the … Continue reading

07/03/2014 · Leave a comment

From Cold-War zero-sum to win-win scenarios between Russia and the West – The Black Sea is freezing again

by Raluca Csernatoni Strong hegemonic interests in the Black Sea Region “If Ukraine is crushed while the West is simply watching, the new freedom and security in bordering Romania, Poland … Continue reading

04/03/2014 · 1 Comment

EU Mission to the Central African Republic – EUFOR CAR Bangui (Part II)

by Francois Ducrotté The following is part two of a blog on the current situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). You can find part one by clicking here and part … Continue reading

25/02/2014 · 2 Comments

Turkey – back to the old days? The current state of EU-Turkey relations

by Saara Ilmonen Following the recent developments in Turkey, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in cooperation with TUSKON hosted an expert meeting “Turkey – back to old days? The current … Continue reading

24/02/2014 · 2 Comments


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