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Myths Surrounding the Two Percent Debate: On NATO defence spending

With the foundation of NATO 70 years ago, the United States of America implemented a fundamental transatlantic “deal” which was decisive for the economic…



Reliability beyond Trump Tweets: The US military contribution in Europe

In NATO’s discussions about the contributions of the individual members and of their substantial relevance to the Alliance, the debate is often limited to…


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On the Way to a Common Strategic Culture: How far along is the development of a European Security and Defence Union, and what does that mean for the Bundeswehr?

Europe in an Uncertain World

The multipolar world many hoped would take the place of U.S. hegemony has now become a reality, yet this world looks nothing…



A New NATO Command in Germany: Modelled on the Bundeswehr Joint Support Service

Painful lessons for NATO’s collective defence

Four years have passed since Russia not only violated international law with the annexation of the Crimea, but…


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Strategic Autonomy for Europe: Can Berlin and Paris Agree?

2018 is a very important year for Europe’s future, and not just because important positions in the European Union have to be filled, the Brexit negotiations…



Air Power - Credible deterrence and defence call for superior air forces. NATO has realised that

In their Warsaw Communiqué of July 2016, the heads of state and government of the NATO member countries grant a lot of room to the uncertainties and threats…



Strengthening EU Defence: Much Ado About Nothing?

It is good to see that the decision-making phase for the further development of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) that started in 2013 is…


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Brexit and British Defence Policy: Not Business As Usual

Following Britain’s shock decision to leave the European Union there is now enormous uncertainty over much of its future policy. Its economic, trading and…

Commitments for NATO: More Money for the Bundeswehr

What surprised most about the minister’s demand for money was not only the size of the sum, but also the fact that – apart from protests by the Left Party…

Where is the beef? Prospects of a closer German-British security partnership


The UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) 2015 outlined the fact that the UK faces multiple, concurrent and diverse threats, including…


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