Security & Defence

Security & Defence Analysis

The IIEA’s Security and Defence Group monitors developments in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), UN peacekeeping efforts and EU-NATO cooperation. The programme also focuses on the conceptual evolution of security and defence as threats increase and become more complex.

31st March 2020

Strategy Building for Small States in European Security and Defence

The series aims to further debate in Ireland on defence policy with the input of leading scholars, experts and practitioners.
9th March 2020

Developing an effective security strategy in Ireland: Lessons from the cyber domain

Ireland has a unique global brand as a smaller, even-handed state with balanced foreign policy approaches, strong moral and soft power. It is imperative that our approaches to national security support Irish interests and values.
2nd March 2020

Small can be beautiful … in defence

Whatever size a state may be, these new defence initiatives presume that success can only be achieved if governments pool more of their sovereignty together.
2nd March 2020

When ‛small’ translates as a lack of vision and action

European security and defence has gained increased momentum over the past two years. But has anything, in political and capability terms, really changed?
18th February 2020

European Security and Defence

The series aims to further debate in Ireland on defence policy with the input of leading scholars, experts and practitioners.
6th February 2020

The Russia Trap: How the US-Russia Shadow War Could Spiral Into Catastrophe (and How to Stop It).

George Beebe, former Director of the CIA’s Russia analysis, presents his new book, The Russia Trap: How the US-Russia Shadow War Could Spiral Into Catastrophe (and How to Stop It).
22nd January 2020

Small States Contribution to Security and Defence: The Finnish Way

Finland is no doubt seen as a net contributor to security in Europe, and certainly wants to be seen as such. It takes care of its own defence, and thereby contributes to overall security.

Security & Defence Publications

12th June 2019

The Elephant in the Room: The Free Movement of Services and Brexit

In the Brexit debate, there has been relatively little focus on the issue of services, which make up about three quarters of the UK’s economic output. How might Brexit impact on this vitally important, and growing, sector? This IIEA paper, by Gavin Barrett, Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, aims to address this question, and to focus attention on an issue that is, and will continue to be, of key importance in the years and decades after Brexit has taken place.  
15th May 2019

The “Specific Character” of Ireland’s Security and Defence Policy: Reflections on Neutrality

In this paper for the IIEA, Patrick Keatinge, Co-Chair of the IIEA’s Security and Defence Group and Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, examines how Ireland’s Security and Defence Policy has evolved; how it is reflected in Ireland’s response to the main security challenges; and how it is understood in public debate today.  
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.

Security & Defence Past Events

16th January 2020

Global Terrorism Index: Trends in 2019

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) presents its Global Terrorism Index 2019 and outline key trends.
11th December 2019

Russia and China: a fleeting friendship or strategic embrace?

Russia-China cooperation is at its closest in decades. Moscow relishes the opportunities this presents, but will this friendship be in Russia’s best interests in the long-term?
29th November 2019

Contemporary Challenges and the Future of Peace Operations

Jean-Pierre Lacroix discusses modern-day peacekeeping operations and how they address the challenges we face today.
28th November 2019

The OSCE and Europe’s New Threat Landscape

In his keynote address, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger highlights some of the key security challenges facing Europe today, including both traditional threats and transnational and global challenges.
19th November 2019

Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism on Facebook

Dr Erin Marie Saltman discusses how Facebook develops and operationalises global policies for countering terrorism and violent extremism, focusing on policy process, internal expert teams, how AI is used and key global partnerships.