Friends of Europe’s series on European defence cooperation is authored by our Senior Fellow and Politico Europe-at-large columnist, Paul Taylor. The series brings together influential voices that contribute views from the capitals on current security challenges and strategic developments in Europe and beyond.
With our European defence cooperation series, we aim to contribute to the overall debate on international security developments and offer a country specific in-depth analysis with interesting insights and specific recommendations, relevant to high-profile and senior decision-makers as well as thought-leaders from around the world.
The studies build on extensive interviews with national policy officials, senior NATO and EU officials, politicians and past and present military and intelligence chiefs, lawmakers, defence industry executives, diplomats, strategists and think-tank experts, as well as specially commissioned surveys. Each publication examines the strategic position, relevant defence relationships and diplomatic alliances, the role and current state of national armed forces, and the place of its defence industries. Furthermore, they include proposals and recommendations for the EU, the future development of strategic security relations and the respective national security and defence policies.
The fifth upcoming study: ‘Molto Agitato - Italy and Mediterranean security’ will be released on June 25 and suggests practical steps that Italy, its EU partners and NATO can take to mitigate those risks and work together better for regional stability. Conducted in partnership with the Italian Institute for International Affairs, the study will analyse the strategic situation in the Mediterranean region, Italy’s foreign and security policies and the role of its armed forces and defence industries. It will offer conclusions and recommendations on how to optimise Italian, European and NATO policy to meet the challenges of security in the Mediterranean region.
Publications in the series:
- Safer together – The United Kingdom and the future of European defence
- Crunch time – France and the future of European defence
- Jumping over its shadow – Germany and the future of European defence
- "Fort Trump" or bust? – Poland and the future of European defence
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