Ukraine’s competing elections: sorting fact from fiction

Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko has the enormous tasks of rebuilding a battered economy and constructing a civil society – all while juggling relations with a giant, unpredictable and often hostile neighbour. A Security & Defence Agenda panel debated Ukraine and its future on 21 May, a few days before the presidential election, and presented scenarios for the country. On… Read article ›

Overhauling transatlantic security thinking

The Security & Defence Agenda held its major annual conference entitled, “Overhauling transatlantic security thinking”, on 4 June at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels. The SDA annual conference is an important platform for debating developments in transatlantic security and defence. This year’s debates were moderated by SDA co-president and former NATO Secretary General Jaap de… Read article ›

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End sexual violence in conflict: From resolution to reality

Sexual violence in war zones is a global crime affecting women, men and children in many parts of the world. A 2014 United Nations report points to recent cases of such violence in 21 countries wordwide. Human Rights Watch observers suggest that between 200,000 and 500,000 women were raped in Rwanda during the genocide. UN agencies estimate that more than… Read article ›

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ASEAN connectivity: A role for Europe?

Southeast Asia needs a combination of physical, institutional and people-to-people connections to boost its economic integration, panelists told a Friends of Europe Policy Insight meeting on 27 February. This will require large investment – but also technical assistance to ease cross-border business links and the movement of people. “One challenge is to build rail links,” said Lim… Read article ›