Foreign policy & defence

CER podcast: What next on the path for Ukraine's EU membership?

CER podcast: What next on the path for Ukraine's EU membership?

Ian Bond, Natalie Forsyuk, Ivanna Klympush-Tsinsadze, Katarína Mathernová
01 July 2022
Ian Bond spoke to three senior figures involved in Ukraine's application for EU membership, who discussed what's next on the path for Ukraine becoming an EU member-state.

Have we passed the high-water mark of European unity on Ukraine?

15 June 2022
LSE blog
EU leaders presented a united response in the immediate aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Yet as the war continues, this unity is coming under strain. 

DW News: Will Turkish objections stop Finland and Norway joining NATO?

17 May 2022
Interview with Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER. Sweden and Finland have formalized their NATO applications.

CER podcast: Where will Macron now take France and Europe?

Charles Grant, Pascal Lamy, Christine Ockrent, Ben Haddad, Rosie Giorgi
11 May 2022
We discussed Macron's re-election and where French and EU policy was likely to be headed in his second term.

TRT World: Russia attacks Ukraine - Three explosions reported on Monday and Tuesday in Transnistria

28 April 2022
Ian Bond tells TRT World that whilst it is Putin's interests to keep Transnistria destabilised, (region in Moldova that Russia uses as a base for some intelligence operations), with just 1,500 Russian troops there, it's unlikely he'd launch a full-scale attack on Ukraine from that side.

Judy Asks: Is Finnish and Swedish NATO membership useful for European security?

28 April 2022
Carnegie Europe
Russia’s renewed attack on Ukraine has forced European countries to think about their own safety rather than grand designs for pan-European security architecture.

CER podcast: Water scarcity: Libya's forgotten issue

Megan Ferrando, Malak Altaeb
22 April 2022
Megan Ferrando spoke to Malak Altaeb about water scarcity in Libya.

Can the EU’s Strategic Compass guide EU security policy?

04 April 2022
Encompass
Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine marks the start of a more dangerous era in European security. The more threatening international environment created by Russia’s invasion gives the EU’s newly-released Strategic Compass additional significance, as the Compass sets out the EU’s ambitions in security and defence for the next decade.

Ask CER - Episode 4: Phasing out Russian gas, UK-EU relations and Hungary's response to the war

30 March 2022
You asked, we answered: the fourth episode of our ‘Ask CER’ podcast series.

TRT World: NATO leaders meet in Brussels to discuss conflict response

24 March 2022
An emergency summit of NATO leaders is taking place in Brussels. They’re expected to discuss ways of bolstering the alliance’s support for Ukraine, while also looking to put more pressure on Russia. Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER weighs in on possible outcomes.

Necesitamos balas. Y un plan para no usarlas

24 March 2022
El Periodico
A medida que la guerra se alarga, nosotros, los europeos, vamos entendiendo cada vez menos. Sin apoyo social, no hay unidad europea.

Sanctioning Russia: A co-operative endeavour, not a competitive sport

22 March 2022
Encompass
The West surprised many with its decisive response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, imposing an unprecedented set of economic sanctions on Russia.

Waking a sleeping giant: What's next for German security policy?

Sophia Besch, Sarah Brockmeier
09 March 2022
War on the rocks
“If the world changes, our politics must change,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock three days after Russia started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Interview with Ian Bond: 'First Invasion in Europe since 1974'

06 March 2022
Ekathimerini
We haven’t seen anything like this in Europe since the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The Russian invasion of Ukraine will force Europe’s leaders to think much more seriously about national defense.

The EU's geopolitical awakening?

03 March 2022
UK in a changing Europe
The EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine took many observers by surprise. For once, the Union exceeded expectations, and by a large margin.

TRT World: Moscow cracks down on protestors as economic sanctions hit

01 March 2022
The first round of ceasefire talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials ended with no agreements. Another round could happen within days. Ian Bond, director of foreign policy at the CER, joined us from London to discuss further on the Ukraine crisis.

BBC World News: Russian invasion of Ukraine

27 February 2022
Ian Bond spoke to BBC World News on EU sanctions and the big step of paying for lethal equipment to Ukraine and sanctions on Russian banks via SWIFT.

BBC World News: Russia vetoes UN resolution deploring invasion of Ukraine

26 February 2022
Zach Meyers spoke to BBC World News and explained that UK/US were prepared to cut off Russian banks from USD/GBP clearing, devastating Russia's ability to trade internationally - but EU sanctions still allow much trade with Russia.

Newstalk: Reaction on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

25 February 2022
Sobering analysis from Ian Bond on why we have to be honest about the prospects for a Ukrainian insurgency. "The Russians have a record of extraordinary brutality in suppressing insurgencies in Chechnya & Syria - bombing everything that moves and intimidating."

iNews 24: EU agrees to freeze assets linked to Putin

25 February 2022
Camino Mortera-Martinez says the EU is preparing to welcome an influx of refugees from Ukraine. She emphasises that Poland not asking for COVID passports or even ID cards shows this crisis is truly unprecedented

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