One of the focal points of my writings has consisted of shedding light on the problem that arises from the heterogeneity of the international (or national) system, and the need for its components to reach agreement on the rules of the game and thus avoid collapsing into hostile blocs—as well...
When the German president, foreign minister, and defense minister gave speeches at the 2014 Munich Security conference—speeches now recognized as watershed moments in Germany security policy—hope began to blossom in France. Would German defense and security policy finally become “normal?” Many...
The 1970s were a decade of anti-war movements. Willy Brandt received the Nobel Peace Prize for his détente policy toward the Eastern Bloc – and West German defense spending peaked at 3.13 percent of GDP in 1975. Clearly, those days are long gone.
In Helsinki, Putin Can Grant Trump Great Success, of Sorts Order from Chaos, Brookings' blog, July 16, 2018
The July 16, 2018, face-to-face between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is both entirely natural and extremely unconventional, very encouraging and deeply disturbing.
In light of transatlantic tensions and a deteriorated security environment, European security affairs are at the crossroads.
Mind the Gap: How France and Germany Can Spearhead Joint Foreign Policy Initiatives Now DGAPkompakt 4b, April 2018
In light of the current instability on Europe’s borders and uncertainties about the international role of the US under the administration of President Donald Trump, it is high time for Franco-German foreign policy initiatives. With the formation of a new German government, a window of...
Washington Should Help Europe Achieve 'Strategic Autonomy', Not Fight It War On The Rocks, April 12, 2018
In 2016, the European Union issued its Global Strategy, the Union’s latest foreign and security policy strategy document. The strategy “nurtures the ambition of strategic autonomy for the European Union”. American policymakers’ feelings about these aspirations are, to say the least,...
Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal. A View from Europe and the United States SWP Comment 2018/C 09, February 2018
Transatlantic differences over the future of the Iran nuclear deal – or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of July 2015 – are damaging a nuclear accord that all parties, except the United States, see as delivering on its purpose. They also increase the risk of Washington and...
As the 19th National Congress is now over, questions about foreign policy implications of China’s leadership reshuffle are raised.
Alice Ekman deciphers the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in foreign policy terms.
Nordic Countries in the Face of Russian Action in the Baltic and Kaliningrad Revue Défense Nationale, n° 802, été 2017
Nordic countries share the same perception, that Russia does not pose an immediate threat but that its actions nevertheless remain worrying.