Creating a core Group for European Defence Co-operation? "The Monetary Union can be seen as a precedent because it called for a substantial transfer of sovereignty in a field certainly as politically sensitive as defence. The Euro saw the light in 2001 because after years of groping with sectoral or peripheral solutions, which proved all ineffective because too limited in nature, it was decided in Maastricht in 1991 to opt for a political and comprehensive choice, a Monetary Union. Has the European Defence process not reach the same stage and, all things considered, should it not be addressed in the same manner?" Lecture by Pierre Etienne Champenois.
By Cicero Foundation, Netherlands, EU.
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Defence and Security
US, NATO and Europe: Is there still a Common Agenda? Is the party over for trans-atlantic co-operation? An answer is provided by Alyson J.K. Bailes.
By Cicero Foundation , Netherlands, EU, US.
Towards a New EU-Russia Security Relationship? Another Chance for a United Europe. "Closer Russian-European defence ties may increase Europe's chances to evolve to the posture of a real factor of influence on the world scene. The second chance for the building of a solid Euro Atlantic security system, so necessary in the troubled world of today, will then not be lost...." By Andrej Grachev.
By Cicero Foundation , Netherlands, EU, Russia.
Iraq's Oil Tomorrow. The US - Iraq war was partly about oil - but not in the way we commonly imagine. US policy in the region poses as many threats to US oil companies as opportunities. This short analysis sets out three scenarios for the future of Iraq's oil. By Valérie Marcel and John Mitchell.
By Cicero Foundation, Netherlands, France, US, Iraq.