Foreign policy & defence

The west knows the cost of appeasement. We can’t rule out any option for stopping Putin

22 February 2022
The Guardian
The Russian leader has shown he cares enough about Ukraine to shed blood over it. He needs to know the gain won’t be worth the pain.

LBC: Ex-Diplomat warns of danger of Russian false flag operations

22 February 2022
Ex-Diplomat Ian Bond warns ordering troops into rebel-held regions of Ukraine is 'the latest and another dangerous step' from Putin. Watch here.

FT Podcast: How Russia's Ukraine threat galvanised western alliances

17 February 2022
After a week of frenetic diplomacy, the Ukraine crisis has yet to be resolved. But it has had a significant impact on reshaping western alliances. Gideon Rachman talks to Charles Grant, director of the CER about the impact of the Russian threat on US ties with Europe, and on Nato and the EU.
CER podcast: The Russia-Ukraine crisis as seen from Kyiv and Paris

CER podcast: The Russia-Ukraine crisis as seen from Kyiv and Paris

Ian Bond, Khrystyna Parandii, Marie Dumoulin
16 February 2022
Ian Bond speaks to Marie Dumoulin and Khrystyna Parandii about the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Sky News: UK ready to impose some severe economic consequences on Russia

15 February 2022
Ian Bond said the UK should keep supporting the Ukrainians, who are best-placed to defend their country...but it's too late to be thinking about sending armed forces in. 

European diplomacy and the crisis over Ukraine: Limited options and the cohesion test

14 February 2022
Aspenia Online
As Vladimir Putin demands a new security order in Europe and Russian troops mass along Ukraine’s borders, the threat of a major conflict on the continent is real.

Judy Asks: Do the Europeans trust France?

Sophia Besch
10 February 2022
Carnegie Europe
The issue is partly a question of motives, partly a question of process. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly made surprising foreign policy pitches and in turn had to face criticism from partners who feel they should have been consulted.

DW News: Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France hold talks

Sophia Besch
10 February 2022
The hope for talks between France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine would be to come to a diplomatic solution for the Russia-Ukraine crisis, says Sophia Besch.

Ask CER - Episode 3: Strategic autonomy, the EU's taxonomy and the French election

26 January 2022
You asked, we answered: the third episode of our ‘Ask CER’ podcast series.

This is a moment when the maximum amount of consolidation of society is very important for the survival of both Georgia and Ukraine

21 January 2022
Europe Time
ET: What are your expectations from the dialogue between the US and its allies and Russia? My expectations are very low because the two sides are talking about completely different subjects.

Franco-British relations shouldn’t be a circus

06 December 2021
Encompass
Relations between the UK and France are a mess. Boris Johnson has told Emmanuel Macron in cod French to “Prenez un grip”.

CER podcast: Poland and Belarus: What can and should the EU do?

25 November 2021
Charles Grant speaks to Camino Mortera-Martinez and Katia Glod about the latest developments in Belarus and Poland.

On defence, the ball is in Europe's court

Sophia Besch, Luigi Scazzieri
18 October 2021
Encompass
This summer’s US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent announcement of the AUKUS submarine deal should show Europeans three things.

Ask CER - Episode 1: EU integration, democratic backsliding & UK financial services regulation

29 September 2021
You asked, we answered: introducing the first episode of our new ‘Ask CER’ podcast series.

DW News: Post-Merkel foreign policy

Sophia Besch
28 September 2021
Sophie Besch, as senior research fellow at the CER spoke to DW news about Germany's role in the world, how Germany chooses to handle China, Russia and its relationship with the US is likely to vary from coalition to coalition.

Judy Asks: Will the Afghanistan debacle change your country’s foreign and security policy?

16 September 2021
Carnegie Europe
The UK entered the war in Afghanistan confident that it knew how to defeat insurgencies. After more than four hundred and fifty British deaths, it has left, chastened and with less appetite for involvement in distant conflicts.

Tensions over Afghan refugees will lead to ever more transactional EU-Turkey ties

14 September 2021
LSE blog
The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has raised fears in both the EU and Turkey of a new refugee crisis emerging. 

CER podcast: German foreign and security policy after the election

Luigi Scazzieri, Sophia Besch, Claudia Major
10 September 2021
Luigi Scazzieri speaks to Claudia Major and Sophia Besch about the implications of the forthcoming election for German foreign, security and defence policy.

TRT World: Will Russia fill the power vacuum in Afghanistan?

07 September 2021
Who is going to be courting the Taliban now that they have control of Afghanistan and the West has cut and run? Two major players Russia and China, both know how important the country can be for influence in Central Asia. Guests: Kirill Krivosheev Correspondent at Kommersant newspaper, Ian Bond...

CER podcast: Why the 1991 Moscow coup still resonates

Ian Bond, Angela Stent, Igor Yurgens
18 August 2021
Ian Bond speaks to Angela Stent and Igor Yurgens about the lessons the West should draw from the 1991 Moscow coup.