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Indecent Proposal? What Trump’s Greenland offer tells us about… NATO
IVERIS
22 sept, 2019


By setting his sights on the island of Greenland, President Trump has provoked, as usual, a mixture of consternation, opprobrium and widespread hilarity on the international stage. Most of the comments limited themselves to criticizing his style and his moodiness: he spoke of a “large real estate deal” and, in the face of a refusal to sell, he canceled his planned visit and described the Danish Prime Minister’s reaction as “nasty”. More astute observers have pointed out that Trump's initiative is less whimsical than it might seem at first glance – it is part of a regional policy America has been pursuing for a while. In any case, for Europeans it is not what really matters. What is essential, to them, is rather the exposure, in broad daylight, of an American reasoning that is as compelling as it is uncomfortable.

European defense: the new CSDP-NATO conundrum
Défense & Stratégie, Automne 2017, n°42, pp. 5-29
05 déc, 2017


The turbulences in the European and transatlantic skies over the course of the past year obviously have not been without impact on the coexistence between the Atlantic Alliance and the European Union's (EU) Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP). Long-time taboos have been lifted, initiatives are multiplying, new perspectives seem to open up, and immediately generate powerful backlashes. The outcome will depend largely, once again, on the choices made, and determination displayed, by France.

NATO: Assessing the Alliance’s Counter-Terrorism Efforts
The Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor, Vol.15 Issue 8
21 avril, 2017


NATO’s counter-terrorism efforts have been the focus of much attention in recent months. Faced with a U.S. ultimatum that Washington might “moderate its commitment” to the Alliance, member states have sought ways to demonstrate that the organization plays a significant part in global counter-terrorism efforts and that it could do even more.

After Warsaw: NATO at the summit of (its own) contradictions
Défense & Stratégie n°40, automne 2016
19 déc, 2016


At the last NATO summit in Warsaw, the top priority was to demonstrate, as the last paragraph of the final communiqué declares, "our unity, our solidarity and our strength". But on each of the three points, serious doubts remain. Whether it is unity (common front against commonly perceived threats), solidarity (an attack against one of the members considered an attack against all) or force (in the area of intelligence, decision-making , deployment of troops), the allies' attitude reveals deeply set tensions.

New draft law on NATO: what are the risks for France?
Note IVERIS
09 janv, 2016


 
Following the attacks in Paris, will Europe's defence be reborn from its ashes?
Note IVERIS
18 nov, 2015


 
Will the US be able to engage NATO troops on its own?
Note IVERIS
10 nov, 2015


 
EU-NATO, this tiny bit of difference
Note IVERIS
07 nov, 2015


 
A very combative NATO at the Riga Conference
Note IVERIS
07 nov, 2015


 
NATO receives a souvenir from the Twin Towers
Note IVERIS
28 sept, 2015


 
US tanks in Europe will be repainted in camouflage
Note IVERIS
04 sept, 2015


 
NATO seeks to circumvent the consensus rule
Note IVERIS
25 aout, 2015


 
France, ever more integrated into NATO
Note IVERIS
02 juil, 2015


 
At the NATO meeting, good luck to talk about intelligence
Articles, 24 juin, 2015

 
The hybrid war comes very timely
Articles, 18 mars, 2015

 
Lethal weapons and the unity of the West
Articles, 04 févr, 2015

 
The Alliance facing the crisis in Ukraine (assessment of NATO's Wales summit)
Défense & Stratégie n°36, automne 2014
13 nov, 2014


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

 
Who benefits from the crime? - the crisis in Ukraine and the hawks in the Alliance
Articles, 22 oct, 2014

 
NATO/USA: permanent bases in the East?
Articles, 31 mai, 2014

 
One for all, all for one? (Part 1: NATO and its fictitious guarantees)
Articles, 13 mai, 2014

 
First cracks in the Western facade
News Briefs, 29 avril, 2014

 
Within a minute: impact of the Ukraine crisis on NATO
News Briefs, 25 avril, 2014

 
Obama on the tightrope, between Europe and Asia
Articles, 24 avril, 2014

 
NATO is trying to reassure ... and to ensure above all the loyalty of its Member States
Articles, 17 avril, 2014

 
France in face of NATO's rebound
Articles, 14 avril, 2014

 
Small pearls from the last week (13 April 2014)
News Briefs, 13 avril, 2014

 
Russia would have truly miscalculated?
News Briefs, 05 avril, 2014

 
More escalation (Atlanticist recipe to stir up - and profit from - the hysteria of pseudo-Cold war)
News Briefs, 27 mars, 2014

 
Crisis in Crimea: NATO jumps on the opportunity
Articles, 24 mars, 2014

 
The right of peoples to self-determination - a special version, tailored to Ukraine
News Briefs, 04 mars, 2014

 
Ukrainian crisis: brief preliminary clarification
Articles, 03 mars, 2014

 
Cyberdefence: beware of alliances!
Theatrum Belli
02 mars, 2014


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

 
Small pearls from the last week (1 December 2013)
News Briefs, 01 déc, 2013

 
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 (3 November 2013)
News Briefs, 03 nov, 2013

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

 
Small pearls from the last week (13 October 2013)
News Briefs, 13 oct, 2013

 
NATO at maneuver
News Briefs, 07 oct, 2013

 
Small pearls from the last week (6 October 2013)
News Briefs, 06 oct, 2013

 
Naval Forces of NATO Countries: Dependency Problems
News Briefs, 26 sept, 2013

 
We are all Westerners: transatlantic high mass in Latvia
Articles, 26 sept, 2013

 
Small pearls from the last week (22 September 2013)
News Briefs, 22 sept, 2013

 
Small pearls from the last week (8 September 2013)
News Briefs, 08 sept, 2013

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

 
Umbrella or hara-kiri ? – US nuclear presence in Europe
Contradictions n°129 (Paix et désarmement)
09 oct, 2009


All too often, it is tempting to equate American nuclear presence in Europe to its sole tangible dimension. Namely the stationing of hundreds of U.S. bombs in five countries of the European continent, as part of NATO and of its so-called "nuclear sharing". And it is a mistake to do so.

France s “return” to NATO: false reasons and true consequences
La Lettre Sentinel n°51, avril 2009
08 avril, 2009


Hailed (or intensely disparaged, it depends) as a "return to the fold", would the reintegration by France of the integrated military structures end up exploding the Alliance? The question is paradoxical only in appearance.

The General facing NATO: an analysis still relevant
La Lettre Sentinel n°51, avril 2009
01 avril, 2009


 
The EU-NATO syndrome: spotlight on transatlantic realities
Journal of Contemporary European Research Vol3 I2
21 sept, 2007


Contrary to the two dominant, albeit diametrically opposed, types of forecasts that were both highly fashionable a few years ago, it appears more and more clearly that the headaches related to the EU-NATO conundrum are here to stay. Those who, in view of the initial difficulties of establishing mutually acceptable relations between the two organizations, were talking about teething problems likely to be replaced, in due course, by a harmonious insertion of the new-born European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) into the Atlantic system, were just as wrong as those who saw in it yet another occasion to toll the death knell of the North Atlantic Alliance. As it is, neither of the two scenarios seems close to becoming a reality any time soon.

NATO battlefields after the Riga summit
La Lettre Sentinel n°43-44, janvier-février 2007
09 févr, 2007


NATO’s Riga summit, held at the end of last November, was the typical example of a spectacular non-event. Striking especially by the contrast between the publicity made for the gathering of 26 Heads of State and government on the one hand, and the piteous outcome of the meeting on the other. The marketing-type announcements planned for the occasion had gradually left the place to the invading reality represented by the deplorable performance of the allies in Afghanistan. This latter being, in addition, only one of the (far too) many symptoms of the growing malaise within Alliance.

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


EU-NATO relations: between necessary cooperation, inherent competition and the inescapable change of paradigm
Az Észak-atlanti Szerződés Szervezete a változás korában
15 aout, 2005


EU-NATO relations are merely a symptom. They are the reflection of the power struggle between the two sides of the Atlantic on the one hand, and of intra-European schizophrenia on the other. At the heart of this complex arm-wrestling there is one single crucial issue at stake: European autonomy. As regards the choice allegedly to be made between EU-NATO co-operation or competition, this is a false dilemma. In the current balance of power situation, both are inevitable.

Beyond Symbolism: the EU’s First Military Operation Seen in its Context
Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik
01 juil, 2003


A casual observer of Concordia – code-name for the European Union’s first-ever military operation, conducted in Macedonia – would be first impressed by the abundance of symbols in almost every aspect of the mission. Not only do the politicians’ declarations put the emphasis on the „symbolic European message” carried by the operation[1] or present it as a „significant step forward in the long process of European integration”[2], but also the EU seems determined to plant its blue flag all over the place in order to increase its visibility – a goal explicitly identified as one of the key objectives of  the mission.[3]

End of Warsaw Pact anniversary
Journal Francophone de Budapest
01 juil, 2001




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