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Alexander Mattelaer
27 Oct 2014
Daniel Fiott
21 Oct 2014
Daniel Fiott
8 Oct 2014
Lisanne Groen
23 Sep 2014

The Wales Summit and the Future of NATO

2014 represents a strategic crossroads for NATO. To encourage debate in the policy and academic communities, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Royal United Services Institute and NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division organised a workshop on 30 June in Brussels. In discussing present challenges and paving a way forward for NATO, the workshop saw high-level participants come together for a stimulating and in-depth strategic debate. The event showcased a special feature that was published with the RUSI Journal in advance of the Alliance's Summit in Wales, 4-5 September 2014, with contributions from IES Researchers Alexander Mattelaer and Luis Simón.

EU Performance in the International Climate Negotiations in 2013: Scope for Improvement

The European Union (EU) has long been an important player and even a leader in the international cooperation on climate change. In 2013, preparations for a new global climate agreement in 2015 moved centre stage in the international negotiations. This policy brief assesses the EU’s performance in 2013 culminating in the Warsaw conference in November 2013. We find that the EU was actively engaged in the negotiations and pursued partially ambitious/progressive policy objectives, which it was partly successful in realising.

Paris Climate Agreement 2015 – EU needs to ensure ‘signal’ and ‘direction’

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-10-21

Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are expected to agree on a new international

Financing European Defence: Time to Call the European Investment Bank?

Wed, 2014-12-31

Financing research and development programmes have never been more expensive in Europe. Defence budgets are on the wane, international competition is fierce and high-end technologies are increasingly expensive. Europe’s defence-industrial base is under significant strain, and options are needed to fund elements of a sector that is still crucial to Europe’s security and industry. This Policy Brief argues that the European Investment Bank could play a much greater role in Europe’s defence sector.

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