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On Syria and Trump, President Macron in the illusion of influence
News Briefs, 16 avril, 2018

A couple of seconds within a two-and-a-half hour television interview propelled French President Macron on the front pages of international media, as the one who claims he persuaded President Trump to change his policy in Syria. Macron repeated four times that "we convinced him” to maintain US troops in the country and to limit air strikes to the regime’s chemical weapons sites. This publicly made statement is more than a diplomatic gaffe. It also, and above all, reveals that the French president is tempted by a rather naive approach to relations with America, the same that had, time and time again, led Britain into an impasse.

The United Kingdom and the paradigm shift in transatlantic security
Written Evidence UK Parliament Defence Committee
14 mars, 2017


The concurrence between Brexit (expected to revitalize a European defence on which London has always imposed strict limits) and the election of D. Trump in the United States (shedding light on the risks and uncertainties stemming from a situation of dependency) seems to have an almost seismic effect on the architecture of European and transatlantic security.

Britons begin to wonder about their special relationship with America
Note IVERIS
11 déc, 2016


 
Brexit: a stab in the back for the US
Note IVERIS
02 juil, 2016


In the wake of the British referendum, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden noted, "We would have preferred a different outcome."[1] A few days later, Secretary of State Kerry said that it was still possible to "walk back" on Brexit.[2] Neither the disappointment nor the hope that the situation could still be reversed came as a surprise from the American side. Indeed, over the last six decades, Washington spared no effort to put, then keep, in the EU their favorite ally. The reason is simple. As explained by the U.S. Embassy in London, the European Union is "the world’s most important organization to which the United States does not belong". In order to make its voice heard, the U.S. needs their "man inside" or, in diplomatic terms, "the expression within the EU of common U.S.-UK attitudes through UK membership".[3] Except that British voters opted for the exit...

The UK's very special status in the EU
Note IVERIS
23 févr, 2016


 
Beyond the Brexit issue
Note IVERIS
18 févr, 2016


In 1975, at the time of the first British referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in what was then the European Communities, a caricature of the Canard enchaîné depicted Prime Minister Harold Wilson in bed on a voluptuous, but visibly bored Europa who pleads: “In or out, my dear Wilson, but stop this ridiculous back and forth.”[1] It was more than forty years ago ... Four decades during which the UK has carefully kept their notoriously “semi-detached position” vis-a-vis Europe.

London and Washington are both pleased with the new British SDSR
Note IVERIS
30 nov, 2015


 
The Transatlantic Dimension of British Euroscepticism
The UK Challenge to Europeanization (ed. K. Tournier-Sol - C. Gifford)
16 sept, 2015


The Pentagon co-author of the upcoming British White Paper (SDSR)
Note IVERIS
08 aout, 2015


 
One for all, all for one? (Part 2: doubts within the Alliance)
Articles, 29 oct, 2014

 
Small pearls of the (very) special UK-USA relationship
Articles, 02 oct, 2014

 
Long live free Scotland?
Articles, 18 sept, 2014

 
Small pearls from the last week (26 May 2014)
News Briefs, 26 mai, 2014

 
European defence, eternal apple of discord between France and the United Kingdom
Articles, 31 janv, 2014

 
A non-nuclear independent Scotland in NATO? (BBC Radio interview)
Entretien à BBC Radio l’émission 5 Live Drive
20 nov, 2013


Should the SNP’s (Scottish National Party) anti-nuclear stance be a problem for an independent Scotland eager to keep its membership card in NATO ?* In short, not really. Calling for the removal of UK nuclear weapons from its territory and becoming a non-nuclear state is not a priori inconsistent with membership in NATO. Reminder: 20 member countries out of the current 28 do not possess and/or host any nuclear weapons on their soil.

Small pearls from the last week (10 November 2013)
News Briefs, 10 nov, 2013

 
Small pearls from the last week (27 October 2013)
News Briefs, 27 oct, 2013

 
Small pearls from the last week (29 September 2013)
News Briefs, 29 sept, 2013

 
Readings from the week (25 August 2013)
News Briefs, 25 aout, 2013

 
European identity: the story of a forty-year-old "misunderstanding"
Articles, 24 aout, 2013

 
Readings from the week (18 August 2013)
News Briefs, 18 aout, 2013

 
On the transatlantic dimension of British Euroskepticism
Séminaire international à l'université de Toulon
09 avril, 2013


The dynamic of relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union cannot be understood in its totality and in its specificity without taking into account the role played by the United States, particularly through the relationship that London would like to believe "special." Be it directly, indirectly, or even sometimes paradoxically, the American/Atlanticist tropism of the British political and media establishment is at the root of many of their positions considered as skeptical or downright hostile vis-à-vis the European integration.

Scottish Independence and the Question of Transatlantic and European Security
University of Glasgow International Lecture Series
21 mars, 2013


The special position of the UK in the European and transatlantic security field will be one of the key defining elements both for the attitude of other States vis-a-vis a possible Scottish independence (would or would not they prefer to see London weakened even if just temporarily), and for their appreciation of the policies pursued by an independent Scotland (would they be in line with, or different from, those of Whitehall).Looking at the possibility of Scottish independence from a transatlantic-European security perspective implies examining three different albeit closely related subjects:

Transatlantic news in brief, December 2006
La Lettre Sentinel n°43-44, janvier-février 2007
08 févr, 2007


British split over the Atlantic
Népszabadság Online
05 juil, 2005


UK’s accession would mark the beginning of a dilution process at the end of which “there would appear a colossal Atlantic Community under American dependence and leadership, which would soon swallow up the European Community”. The prophetic words of General de Gaulle, in 1963, have not ceased being confirmed ever since.

Clash between French and British visions on world order
Új világrend az iraki háború után. Bp., 2005.,
01 déc, 2003


 
Visions and counter-visions, or on the fundamental contradictions of the transatlantic relation
Külügyi Szemle 2003/4
01 déc, 2003


European-American structural tensions – breeding for decades and becoming acute with the end of the bipolar era – were merely brought onto surface by the Iraq crisis. Beyond the official pseudo-vision and occasional visions represented by German hesitations, the two genuine, concurring visions about Europe, transatlantic relations and the international order are advocated respectively by the British and the French.

Great Britain and Euro(pe)
Journal Francophone de Budapest
18 juin, 2003




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