Foreign policy & defence

LBC: How will Russia react to allied strike on Syria

14 April 2018
Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the Centre for European Reform speaks to LBC about how Russia will react or retaliate to the allied strikes on Syria. 

Don't be a stranger! EU-UK foreign policy co-operation after Brexit

13 April 2018
E!Sharp
The world feels a dangerous place at present. Relations between the West and Russia are at their most confrontational since the Cold War.

CER Bulletin podcast: EU reform; Brexit and foreign policy; Europe and cyber security

Sophia Besch, Ian Bond, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, Camino Mortera-Martinez
11 April 2018
In the CER Bulletin podcast, CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month. 

Europäische Verteidigungspolitik: Jetzt geht’s um Resultate!

Sophia Besch
27 March 2018
Peace Lab
Ob die Gemeinsame Sicherheits- und Verteidigungspolitik der EU wirklich vorankommt, hängt von der neuen Bundesregierung ab.

Ukraine is no blueprint for Brexit success

Beth Oppenheim
23 March 2018
EurActiv
As European leaders gather once again in Brussels, the European Parliament has recommended the UK consider an association agreement with the EU after Brexit.

CER podcast: Security after Brexit

14 March 2018
Sophia Besch asks Camino Mortera-Martinez about future UK-EU justice and home affairs co-operation.

Trump is no ally on trade for post-Brexit Britain

09 March 2018
EurActiv
If there were any faint hopes that the deep cultural and commercial ties between the UK and the US would secure a sweetheart free trade deal for the smaller UK after it leaves the European Union, they are now surely dashed.

Why Germany must spend more on defence

Sophia Besch
06 March 2018
CNN
Now that Germany has a new government, investing in defense and the transatlantic relationship has to be a priority for Angela Merkel.

How to think about Britain's post Brexit foreign policy

05 March 2018
E!Sharp
What impact will Brexit have on the UK’s foreign and security policy? While many Brexiteers argue it will lead to a global Britain, for many others it is clear it will result in a substantial loss of international influence.

Judy Asks: Is Central Europe damaging EU enlargement?

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
28 February 2018
Carnegie Europe
The EU’s big bang enlargement has always generated mixed feelings.

Waiting for Putin and Assad to run out of people to kill. Is that our plan?

25 February 2018
The Observer
It has been a quieter than average week in Syria. More than 400 people were killed in the unimaginably awful siege of eastern Ghouta, most of them civilians.

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change - Podcast: A Germany special - politics and defence

Sophia Besch
19 February 2018
Shashank Joshi and Simon Tilford of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change sit down with the Centre for European Reform's Sophia Besch to discuss the twists and turns of Germany's coalition talks, and the state of Germany's military. 

What defence policy for the next German government?

Sophia Besch
19 February 2018
E!Sharp
As they try to form a coalition government after last September’s inconclusive elections, Germany’s politicians are debating Germany's role in protecting Europe.

PESCO unlikely to deliver much in the short term

Sophia Besch
13 February 2018
The Progressive Post
PESCO, or permanent structured co-operation, is a political framework that aims to help EU countries develop military capabilities together and improve their ability to deploy them.

BBC Radio 4 - A very British battle

Sophia Besch
12 February 2018
Sophia Besch, a research fellow at the CER speaks to Caroline Wyatt about the UK’s future defence relationship with Europe after Brexit (from 12:40 mins).

CER Bulletin podcast: Trade post Brexit; EU vs Poland; Trump's foreign policy

Sophia Besch, Ian Bond, Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska, John Springford
24 January 2018
In the CER Bulletin podcast, CER researchers brief podcast listeners on three of the most important topics for Europe this month.

EU need not fear new Russian gas pipeline

19 January 2018
EurActiv
Europe's continuing need for Russian gas – for reasons of proximity and price – is a reality, but it need not leave the EU over a barrel.

CER podcast: A briefing on Nordstream 2

Sophia Besch, Noah Gordon
17 January 2018
Noah Gordon talks to Sophia Besch about the controversial Nordstream 2 pipeline – who is in favour of the project and who stands to lose out, what the EU is doing and what it should do, and whether Nordstream 2 is about business, geopolitics, or EU solidarity.

CER podcast: CER researchers review the year 2017

20 December 2017
Charles Grant, Simon Tilford and Ian Bond review the political themes and events that shaped 2017, and take a look at some of the predictions they made last year.

Judy Asks: Is multilateralism on the wane?

06 December 2017
Carnegie Europe
Multilateral organizations have often been ignored by individual states: the Soviet Union defied the United Nations after its 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.