In the 21st century, the nature of security is changing. This transformation has developed from traditional understandings of hard power politics and physical security to new ways of defining the term to include human, energy and digital security. With such dramatic shifts, and new threats to security, policymakers need to stay updated, all whilst maintaining international relations and diplomatic links with other countries and regions. IDRN hopes to aid understanding by evaluating Europe’s relations with its neighbours, new and evolving threats to citizens, and the impacts of technology on international security and individual privacy.
After Brexit, there appears to be a more deliberate attempt from the British Government to sidestep the EU and work directly with European partners, including EU member states, through other diplomatic arrangements.
The future of European interventions in the Sahel is uncertain, but the French withdrawal offers a gateway to restructure current efforts in the region, especially with new opportunities to redefine the EU as a security actor through stronger commitment for Task Force Takuba.
International political elites in the last decade have investigated and recognised that disinformation can have serious negative consequences for democracies and democratic processes and should therefore be combatted.
An update on the Gazprom, Eastern Europe and the Energy Security Crisis research paper written in November 2020 analysing the political uncertainty and warning of a potential security crisis, seen today in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, due to the progression of Nord Stream Pipeline 2 and the involvement of Russian state-owned company, Gazprom.
With tensions and risk of armed conflict growing day by day between Russia and the West, it’s well time for the European Union to establish how it would defend its territory and citizens in an eventual armed conflict.
The EU needs to move away from the ‘systemic rivalry’ outlook and towards a more strategic, comprehensive approach. While the technocratic nature of the Commission may suggest that it is possible to deal with China on separated and isolated fronts, reality means this cannot happen when facing Beijing.
With many Black Sea countries desiring more EU involvement in the region, it will likely remain a strategic frontier for Europe, Russia and the US in energy security, festering conflicts, trade links, migration and economic developments.
Evaluating the success of the EU’s projects in the region suggests that while the European Union contributes broad efforts to provide aid in the Horn of Africa in a vast number of sectors such as education, employment and infrastructure, making progress in this region of instability and conflict is difficult.
The EU’s latest strategy for the Sahel demonstrates Brussels has recognised some of its failures in recent approaches to the region, and the emphasis on accountability is an important development.
Both the EU and UK share a common vision of a rules-based international order, effective multilateralism, open societies, and an open and resilient global economy. This shared worldview should be a good enough objective to work alongside each other and set the space for constructive cooperation.
The EU and LAC share threats of common interests and must prioritise their 2015 Security Cooperation Action Plan. Peace-building and conflict resolution in the LAC region is essential to ensuring the security of citizens in Europe and Latin America.
The US and EU must acknowledge their interdependence and demonstrate support for strong multilateral institutions and treaties, all the while maintaining a respectful dialogue and leaving the past behind.
North Africa provides as many challenges as opportunities to the EU, mainly regarding migration, energy and security. However, the absence of an effective North African regional organisation makes building a partnership a complicated task.
France’s Loi à la Sécurité Globale, Global Security law is seeking to ban the filming and photographing of police officers and their dissemination online to avoid confrontation in their private lives. What does this mean for the press and private citizens and the fight against police brutality?
In light of increasing nationalism and a shift away from multilateralism in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, increased inter-regional cooperation between the EU and ASEAN is one way of changing the discussion on global recovery.
To address Chinese abuse of human rights and level the playing field with Beijing for European business the EU must focus on three key objectives: improving the EU-US relationship; introducing a meaningful Indo-Pacific strategy, and overcoming obstacles preventing a tougher EU approach to Beijing.
Eastern European states are facing political uncertainty and a potential security crisis due to the progression of Nord Stream Pipeline 2, especially because of the involvement of the Russian state-owned company, Gazprom.
The new President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has the potential to significantly impact relations with Europe and beyond, but overall this should be met with cautious optimism.
To increase its international influence, the EU should strive to improve its military capabilities and its cultural instruments of soft power, but above all should focus on retaining and wielding economic power.
Prospects of ‘Business to Government’ data sharing in Europe: Insights from Covid-19 and political philosophy
The Covid-19 has made evident the existence of gaps and barriers to establish a sustainable and systematic B2G data sharing policy in the current data governance environment.
The US President’s latest proposal has been ill-communicated to German government officials and has left senior US military personnel scratching their heads. For such an important diplomatic decision, there appears to be little clarity or consensus on the real motives.
There is increasing pressure within the international community for the European Union to adopt a more robust approach towards China in response to the proposed security law in Hong Kong that represents a violation of human rights and contradicts the founding values of the EU.
What impact does Covid-19 have on privacy laws? IDRN explores if France’s ‘Stop Covid’ phone application infringes on our right to privacy.