European armed forces are in a malaise, not only due to economic problems but also because of two political ones: complacency, and a misconstrued approach to using military force. These failings call for a conceptual reappraisal of the utility of European military power, and a better understanding of both the active and passive uses of armed force.
It is a dangerous oversimplification to view the conflict in Mali through the narrow prism of counter-terrorism. The success of the French-led intervention depends on setting attainable outcomes.
If the EU is to have an effective foreign policy in the future, it will need a clear sense of its strategic priorities, and what it is prepared to do through its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).
Europe sees Asia overwhelmingly as a trade partner and, unlike the US, hasn't been able to develop a security assessment of the region. How should European engagement with China be strengthened on security issues?
The renewed focus of US defence policy towards Asia does not endanger the future of NATO.
Is Guinea the success story of democratic transition that the EU hoped for?