Media/Opinion pieces
Media/Opinion pieces

The EU’s Arctic policies and other nations’ Arctic strategies – an overview and updates

Since 2008, the European Union (EU) has been involved in Arctic issues
, for various reasons, environmental, scientific and strategic. The current EU policy on the Arctic is focused on the 2016 joint communication “An integrated European Union policy on the Arctic”. Emphasizing the geopolitics of the region, an update of EU Arctic policy was announced in the fall of 2019.

Challenges in the Sahel: Opportunities for Europe

The Sahel (in Arabic literally means “shore, coast”) the semi-arid African region that encompasses the southern transitional strip – between the Sahara and the arable areas – runs from the western coasts in Mauritania to the coasts of the Red Sea in Sudan. It is dotted with many threats and risks, not only to the people living in these vast lands, but also to the neighbouring countries, the stability in the Mediterranean and ultimately to Europe.

The Disruptive Impact of the Cyber Domain on International Security Policy

Every second, 127 new devices are accessing the world wide web for the first time, while estimates suggest that the total number of appliances connected to the internet, including cars, fridges, smartphones, and watches, amounted to more than 31 billion in late 2020.

The Europe of cybersecurity through the prism of sovereignty, flows and integration. Three distinct readings of “collective and collaborative security”

[IN FRENCH] This article deals with the collaborative construction of a Europe of cybersecurity through three approaches: sovereignist, multi-partner, or integrationist. It is published as part of the Lille International Cybersecurity Forum (FIC 2021), entitled: “For a collective and collaborative cybersecurity”.

“The effectiveness of a state, whether federal or central, depends on the trust aroused by its leader”

[IN FRENCH] States’ ability to respond to the health crisis does not depend on their political system, whether federal or unitary, said Prefect Cyrille Schott, in “Le Monde”. Most important is the ability of leaders to analyze phenomena well and to build trust around them.

Immigration in the Mediterranean: IRINI succeeds SOPHIA

[IN FRENCH] Launched by the European Union on May 18, 2015, Operation SOPHIA was part of a set of measures aimed at responding to massive immigration transiting through the Mediterranean, both by detecting the arrival of migrants and by targetting the causes of this immigration which are poverty, conflicts and persecution.

After Brexit: What defence cooperation between the UK and the EU?

[IN FRENCH] With Brexit, the European Union loses a major member in terms of defence, a country with atomic weapons, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, and the only one with France to have significant operational capabilities.

Baltic countries and the future of Europe

[IN FRENCH] It was with pleasure that I responded to the invitation to participate in the conference held in commemoration of the Berlin Wall fall. This is an opportunity to recall the significance of this event for the three Baltic countries, which have been European for a very long time.

The “Young Europe” within a large Union

[IN FRENCH] The fall of the Berlin Wall launched a long period of reunion between the two parts of Europe. The western one sees itself as the guardian of essential values and the founder of the European Union. The eastern one refuses any identification with the East, which still symbolizes a hostile and non-European world.