What is happening in the North? Are we witnessing the emergence of a ‘Wider North’, which threatens to complicate European security? What role will the United Kingdom be compelled to assume in the years ahead as the North rises to complicate the standard global geopolitical picture?
In the fourth in the series of European Geostrategy’s ‘Long Posts’, Iskander Rehman analyses European maritime history in relation to contemporary China’s naval modernisation. What does European history imply for China’s future? Do the histories of Rome, France and Russia provide insights? What lessons can be learnt from European history in shaping Chinese maritime geostrategy in the years ahead?
The Common Security and Defence Policy was conceived of as a means to allow Europeans to pool their military power in service of a common European interest. But are we now reaching an endpoint where Europeans will serve the British interest – the United Kingdom being the only great power left in the European ring?
In the second series of European Geostrategy’s ‘Long Posts’, Malte Humptert and Andreas Raspotnik analyse Chinese penetration of the ‘High North’. What are China’s interests in the Arctic zone? Are they exclusively economic? Or are they increasingly geopolitical?
The rise of Islamist groups in the European Union’s Southern Neighbourhood is well-documented. What other challenges to European interests are starting to emerge? How is China extending its logistical and economic reach into the region? And what impact might that have?
At the University of Zurich, Herman Van Rompuy argued that Europeans need to pay greater attention to the Indo-Pacific zone. He is right. However, he is wrong to assume that trade will alone maintain peace, devoid of military power. Churchill realised the fallacy of this argument, and tried hard in Britain throughout the 1930s to put an end to it.