Security & Defence

Sparks of War? Military Cooperation between Colombia and the US from a Strategic Perspective (ARI)

Vicente Torrijos R.. ARI 16/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 9/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

The military cooperation agreement signed between Colombia and the US in November 2009 unleashed a flurry of debate in the continent regarding the scope of the fight against narcoterrorism and the presence of US forces in Latin America.

The Spanish Presidency and CSDP: Time to Get Serious about the Union’s Military Planning and Conduct Capability (ARI)

Luis Simon. ARI 33/2010 - 16/2/2010.

This ARI provides an overview of the EU’s capability for the planning, command and control of CSDP military operations and offers some practical recommendations.

The transatlantic cocaine business: Europe’s options as it confronts new drug trafficking routes (WP)

Daniel Brombacher and Günther Maihold. WP 45/2009 (Translated from Spanish) - 14/12/2009. Go to Spanish version

The goal of this study is to review European foreign policy tools involved in controlling supply, leaving aside domestic policy measures designed to cut demand, the efficiency of which is widely recognised in most countries of the EU.

North Korea and the Non-proliferation Regime (ARI)

Mitchell B. Reiss. ARI 155/2009 - 16/11/2009.

In this review of the implications of North Korea’s behaviour during 2009 on the Non-proliferation Regime, it is stressed that if North Korea cannot be deterred from its nuclear ambitions this will deliver a serious blow to the international non-proliferation regime. It will also damage the likelihood of a successful outcome at next year’s NPT Review Conference.

Narco-belligerents Across the Globe: Lessons from Colombia for Afghanistan? (WP)

Vanda Felbab-Brown. WP 55/2009 - 28/10/2009.

With the great increases in insecurity in Afghanistan and the overwhelming sense that the counter-insurgency in Afghanistan is not being won, analysts and policymakers are looking for analogies to understand the conflict’s dynamics and devise counter-measures. One of the analogies that analysts are turning to is the counter-narcotics and counter-insurgency campaign in Colombia.

Geopolitics 2.0 (ARI)

Matthew Fraser. ARI 144/2009 - 14/10/2009.

An entirely new form of virtual weaponry is transforming the dynamics of geopolitics.

NATO-EU Cooperation in the Atlantic Alliance’s Future Strategic Concept (ARI)

Mario A. Laborie Iglesias. ARI 25/2010 (Translated from Spanish) - 12/4/2010. Go to Spanish version

NATO and EU cooperation on security and defence is one of the fundamental issues to be reviewed in the development process of the Atlantic Alliance’s new Strategic Concept, envisaged for 2010.

Russia’s New National Security Strategy: Towards a ‘Medvedev Doctrine’? (ARI)

Javier Morales. ARI 135/2009 - 25/9/2009.

A new Russian National Security Strategy was approved on 12 May, replacing the 2000 National Security Concept.

The UNIFIL II Mission in Lebanon: Italy’s Contribution (ARI)

Lucía Marta. ARI 125/2009 - 4/9/2009. Go to Spanish version

Italy has contributed to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since 1979 and is the first contributor to UNIFIL II since 2006.

National Security Strategies: The Italian Case (WP)

Federica Di Camillo and Lucia Marta. WP 39/2009 - 20/10/2009.

Italy does not have a National Security Strategy (NSS) in the strict sense of the word, ie, a single governmental document for the medium-to-long term identifying the main security threats and response guidelines at a strategic level. Instead, it has several documents on the institutional responsibilities for the external (military) and internal (civil) dimensions of security.