Security & Defence

Security & Defence Analysis

5th July 2018

Counter-Terrorism Cooperation: Achievements and Challenges

In his address to the IIEA, Gilles de Kerchove discussed the achievements to date and the challenges that lie ahead as Europe continues to grapple with a significant terrorist threat.
25th June 2018

Irish participation in a Common European Security and Defence Policy: Defending our common European home?

Following the publication of the paper “Ireland and the EU: Defending Our Common European Home”, Brian Hayes MEP presented the view of Fine Gael MEPs on Irish defence policy. Dr Barbara Kunz presented the European context.
10th April 2018

Women in the Armed Forces – A Nordic Perspective

This seminar focused on what needs to be done to increase the number of women in the armed forces. The speakers focused on how a higher female ratio can strengthen the armed forces and will explore the issue of diversity.
1st February 2018

Data Protection and Security

Director General Astola shed light on the interlinks between data protection and security as complementary objectives which the EU must uphold.
18th January 2018

Organised Crime and Terrorism in the UK and Ireland: Threats and Convergence

Prof Dr Peter Neumann and Rajan Basra launched a new report that is part of a Europe-wide project, the first of its kind to systematically explore the new links between organised crime, illicit trade and terrorism in Europe.
3rd November 2017

Lessons Learned from the United States’ Experience on Cyber Security

Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra discussed the strategy that the Department of Homeland Security is implementing to address national cyber security incidents in the United States, to protect critical infrastructure and to ensure the US government’s ability to deliver key services and functions to US citizens.
20th October 2017

The External Aspects of Migration

In his speech, Marc Giacomini focused on the role of the European External Action Service in mitigating challenges of migration and asylum and discussed how the European Union needs to work with its African partners to prevent both push and pull factors for migrants.
15th September 2017

The Role of the European Commission in the Protection of Children in Migration

Almost 900 000 children (both unaccompanied and with their families) applied for asylum in the European Union between 2014 and 2016. This increase compared to earlier years poses challenges and has exacerbated existing protection gaps. The European Commission Coordinator for the Rights of the Child provided an overview of the situation and progress made to date, taking account of urgent actions recently agreed on by the Commission and recommendations to EU Member States. She also focused on some of the upcoming challenges.

Security & Defence Publications

23rd June 2017

Enhancing Cooperation – German Attitudes Towards European Security and Defence Policy

This discussion paper by the Institute’s Germany Group provides a snapshot of German views on the highly pertinent topic of European security and defence policy. It reveals that the current German government has taken a very careful approach in seeking to reconcile its firm commitment to further European integration with the politically very sensitive topic of increasing military expenditure. For Germany, strategic bilateral and minilateral relationships within Europe may be key in sustaining the momentum in this policy area. Looking ahead to the German Federal Elections, which will take place on 24 September 2017, the paper also examines the views of Germany’s main opposition parties.
16th January 2017

Finding Our Bearings: European Security Challenges in the Era of Trump and Brexit

The conventional view of Europe as a zone of peace, already shaken by Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, was further challenged by two generally unanticipated events in 2016: the referendum in the United Kingdom on 23 June to withdraw from the European Union and the election on 8 November of Donald Trump as President of the United States. This paper attempts to discern the direction of international security policy in 2017 and to set out the challenges for European security, and their implications for Ireland.
7th December 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: European Security – Autumn 2015

Over the past three months, the EU has seen several significant developments in the broad field of European security. In this paper, Patrick Keatinge reflects on the developments in the Ukraine crisis and the Arab winter, and examines the European Union’s response to both of these situations. The author goes on to look at the implications of these developments for Ireland and for the EU as a whole.
30th July 2015

National Survey Analysis

Leadership in climate-smart agriculture to bring benefits for Ireland say experts and stakeholders. Under the Auspices of the IIEA/RDS Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture, we conducted a survey of over 1,500 national experts and stakeholders exploring attitudes to Irish Leadership on climate-smart agriculture. Written by IIEA Senior Research Fellow Joseph Curtin.
17th July 2012

European Security in the 21st Century: The EU’s Comprehensive Approach

Written by Linda Barry 17 July 2012 Under its comprehensive approach to crisis management the EU takes a holistic view of a (potential) crisis situation and recognises that an effective, sustainable solution can only be achieved by using the full range of civilian and military instruments at its disposal. This paper considers how the EU institutions have been adapted by the Lisbon Treaty to facilitate the implementation of the comprehensive approach. It demonstrates that this is a work in progress and that the operational aspects currently lag behind conceptual developments. It examines the implications for Ireland and concludes that the comprehensive approach creates an opportunity for Ireland to be at the centre of the Union’s response to the complex security threats of the 21st century in a manner that respects the country’s particular strengths and values. This paper forms part of a series of fact sheets and briefing papers on specific aspects of European security and defence policy. An introduction to the project was published by the IIEA in April 2012, offering a broad outline of the policy sector as a whole. This paper focuses specifically on the comprehensive approach in the context of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy. It is written by Linda Barry, IIEA researcher for Security and Defence Policy and the Future of Europe.

Security & Defence Past Events

15th May 2017

Islamic State’s Online Strategy: Then and Now

Use of the Internet, particularly social media, by violent extremists, terrorists and their supporters is a source of anxiety for policymakers and publics. In her address, Dr Conway detailed the development of IS’s online strategy from 2014 to the present, with a particular focus on online-offline connections and the ‘social’ aspects of social media. She also examined the contemporary disruption of social media companies by IS’s online activity and its effectiveness. 
26th April 2017

EASO and the Common European Asylum System

Mr Carreira outlined how EASO is playing a key role in the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and is committed to translating the core values of the CEAS – equity and fairness – into practice and to ensure that all Member States deal with individual asylum cases in a coherent way. Mr Carreira analysed the evolving role of EASO, explaining why and how the Agency should represent a key pillar in the development and implementation of the Common European Asylum system. He focused on EASO operations in the hotspots and the future role of the Agency.
19th April 2017

France and the Future of European Defence

In his address, Mr Keohane discussed the possible implications of the French Presidential Elections for French defence policy, and the future of European defence policy. Mr Keohane argued that France has been the most militarily active European member of NATO in recent years, which includes a large domestic deployment because of an ongoing state of emergency. He contended that if France wishes to maintain its ambition to be a “European power with global reach”, the next French President will have to make some major defense policy choices – ranging from military operations and spending, to capabilities and international partnerships. He also set out the perimeters in which these decisions will be taken, namely the uncertainty created for the EU by Brexit, the policies of the new US Administration, international terrorism and the challenges posed by Russia.
5th April 2017

Delivering a Security Union: Making European Citizens Safer

As terrorist attacks continue to occur across the EU, the need to strengthen capacity in the common fight against terrorism and crime has become one of the central themes for the European Union.
31st March 2017

Future Choices for Finland’s Security Policy

In her address, Dr Tiilikainen discussed the implications of possible NATO membership for Finland, drawing on a study commissioned in 2016 by the Finnish Government.