Sophia Besch

Sophia Besch

Research fellow
Areas of expertise 

NATO, European defence, German foreign policy

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Playing defence

20 March 2017
The UK’s contributions to European defence will play a role in Brexit negotiations. But both sides should keep the long-term objective of close co-operation in mind.
Berlin to the rescue? A closer look at Germany's position on Brexit

Berlin to the rescue? A closer look at Germany's position on Brexit

17 March 2017
Brexiters hope that Berlin will adopt an accommodating stance in the forthcoming negotiations because of Germany's economic and security interests. Such hopes are misplaced.

EU defence, Brexit and Trump: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

14 December 2016
Brexit and Trump compel European leaders to get serious about EU defence. But a lack of leadership and investment will make sustaining their efforts difficult.

Does 'America First' mean EU defence at last?

22 November 2016
The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States puts European security at risk.

Security of supply in EU defence: Friends in need?

17 August 2016
In its drive to establish EU-wide security of supply for the defence market, Brussels faces protectionism, a flawed notion of European strategic autonomy and mistrust among governments.
NATO defence spending: Money can't buy you solidarity

NATO defence spending: Money can't buy you solidarity

06 July 2016
NATO allies have halted the trend of decreasing defence budgets. At the Warsaw Summit, they should work to translate spending levels into a stronger military posture for the alliance.
Europe after Bremain: A strong team?

Europe after Bremain: A strong team?

10 June 2016
If Britain votes to Remain, it should not revert to old habits of obstruction. In almost every field, it can serve its own interests best by making a positive contribution.
An EU army?

An EU army? Four reasons it will not happen

12 May 2016
The EU army is a pipe-dream that blocks progress on Europe's defence needs. It does not reflect the realities of EU defence co-operation.
Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

Europe after Brexit: Unleashed or undone?

15 April 2016
If Britain left the EU, the character of the Union would change. The UK has driven economic liberalisation and foreign policy co-operation, and has made the EU's machinery more efficient.
No denial: How NATO can deter a creeping Russian threat

No denial: How NATO can deter a creeping Russian threat

09 February 2016
Russia is sowing uncertainty about its intentions on NATO's eastern borders. At the Warsaw Summit in June, NATO should take steps to strengthen its deterrence.

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