European Security

As Europe faces multiple complex challenges, the UK continues to be an important security provider for the continent.

During the last decade, the threats to European security have grown and evolved. The eastern and southern neighbourhoods have become increasingly unstable.

At the same time, as a result of increasing awareness of non-conventional threats, including hybrid threats, climate change and pandemics, the concept of security has been widened to include health, economic and technology policy.

Meanwhile, Europe’s reliance on the U.S. security guarantee has been called into question, particularly since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, resulting in debates over the continent’s autonomy and abilities.

This project explores the security challenges facing Europe and proposes solutions to them. In particular, it focuses on the role of the UK in the European defence architecture and, by looking at key bilateral relations, minilateral groupings, NATO as well as the EU, explores the potential for Europeans to provide security at home, in their neighbourhood and beyond, with a particular focus on the Indo-Pacific.

This project is led by Alice Billon-Galland.