EU security and defence: the cost of inaction

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The European Union finds itself in an increasingly threatening international arena while its Common Security and Defence Policy continues to have serious deficiencies. Surmounting its weaknesses must be a top priority to gain strategic autonomy in handling security threats. But underinvestment and lack of coordination are difficult challenges to overcome. The Russian invasion of Ukraine…

Russia’s war in Ukraine is about the West

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remark in 2016 that Russia’s borders do not end anywhere reinforced a popular claim about the revisionist nature of Moscow’s foreign policy. Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine seems to be the ultimate validation of this belief. Various explanations of the invasion have been offered, ranging from Russia’s current military advantages over…

Accountability for Crimes Committed by ISIL – Why Austria should join Germany in the support of the UN Missions to Iraq

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On the 30th November 2021, a former ISIL Fighter and his wife were convicted by a Frankfurt court in Germany for genocide and crimes against humanity under the German “Völkerstrafgesetzbuch” (German International Criminal Code) in a landmark trial based on universal jurisdiction. A significant part of the indictment in the Taha al-J. – case focused…

Kann EU-Außengrenzschutz das Sterben im Mittelmeer verhindern?

Von Judith Kohlenberger   ABSTRACT Der Schutz der Außengrenzen beherrscht ak- tuell die europäische Sicherheits- und Migra- tionspolitik. Effizientes Grenzmanagement und die Beseitigung mutmaßlicher Pullfakto- ren sollen helfen, die Zahl der gefährlichen Überfahrten zu senken und das Sterben im Mittelmeer zu beenden. Doch rezente For- schungsergebnisse legen nahe, dass eine restriktive Migrationspolitik durch Grenzkon- trollen,…

Video: Actions and Reactions: Political Crisis in Belarus as Seen from Brussels and Moscow

Panelists: · MAGDA STUMVOLL, Research Fellow and project coordinator at the the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe; Board member at Ponto · MARYLIA HUSHCHA, Research assistant at the IIP; Board member at Ponto Discussant: · BENNO ZOGG, Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich / Co-Head, Peace & Security Programme, Foraus –…

Klima und Flucht

Die Veranstaltung hat am 9. November 2020 stattgefunden. Was bedeutet es ein “Klimaflüchtling” zu sein? Welche Bedeutung hat dies auf rechtlicher und praktischer Ebene? Welche Möglichkeiten haben Menschen, die schon gegenwärtig vom Klimawandel betroffen sind und internationalen Schutz suchen, wie auch für zukünftige „Klimaflüchtlinge“ und -migrant*innen? Mit besonderem Blick auf mögliche Policy-Forderungen wurden diese und weitere…

The new EU Cyber Sanctions Regime: Closing the Accountability Gap?

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Several EU member states and hundreds of companies operating in the EU have been subject to cyber-attacks in the last years. Since 2004, 17 EU member states have been subject to election interference, in 2017, the ransomware WannaCry infected servers on an unprecedented scale in the EU and indicated some of the vulnerabilities of our…
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