Centre for European Security

Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations

The Institute of International Relations has established its new Centre for European Security (CES) to take up the challenge of exploring the new contours of this emerging global security (dis)order from a European – and particularly Central European – perspective. Amidst the proliferation of security research centres in Central Europe, CES is exceptional in that it brings together experts from the fields of Security Studies and European Studies to provide a powerful combination of regional and thematic expertise. The CES is therefore well positioned to provide the necessary insight into security in Europe, the security of Europe and the role of the EU and its member states as security actors. Uniquely in Central Europe, the CES combines these strengths with the distinctively European approaches to security that have emerged in the last twenty years, but which have yet to be fully applied in the region. I am confident that the CES will be a valuable addition to the activities of the Institute of International Relations in Prague and that it will soon establish itself as one of the leading centres for European security in the region and beyond. ... (full introductory word)

Petr Kratochvíl, Director of the Institute of International Relations

European Security Spotlight

The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the War on Terror

The Global War on Terror’s policy of targeted killing is transforming the character of war and undercutting the means to regulate it. (Antoine Bousquet)



 G5 Sahel Joint Force: European Strategy: Should Go Beyond Counter-terrorism

On the 2 July 2017 the leaders of five Sahelian nations, joined by the French president Macron, officially inaugurated the new regional military operation. Mali  and  the  wider  Sahel  region  should  be  provided  with  more support, but is the new counter-terrorist force what is needed? (Jan Daniel).



 Zapad 2017: How should the West respond?

Russia has always conducted military drills more numerous and larger in scale than NATO’s. Zapad 2017 will be held in September and is perceived as a potential threat to the security of the region, especially by the Baltic Republics, not least because both the invasion of Georgia and that of Ukraine were preceded by major military exercises. Is the threat credible, and is the fear of an opportunistically expansionist Russia justified in this context? (Nicolò Fasola)

Fortress Britain vs. Liberal Britain: Responding Effectively to Terrorism

"With troops on the streets after the Manchester attack, liberal Britain is threatened by harsh (and ineffective) responses to terror," writes Benjamin Tallis in the newest European Security Spotlight related to the possible British responses to the terrorist attack in Manchester. (Benjamin Tallis)


 A European Response to Russian Intelligence Activity

Russian spies do not simply gather information, but seek directly to undermine European solidarity, and require a response to match. (Mark Galeotti)



More European Security Spotlights.

 The CES Team