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Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Toward a future EU-UK relationship in foreign policy and defense

The UK and the EU will continue to share the same geography, the same strategic environment, and the same values, a reality recognized on both sides of the Channel. As the UK moves on from the Brexit process, it should find in the EU a partner sharing the same values and aspirations.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Gen. Stéphane Abrial, Sir Peter Westmacott, Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Europe

For the past seven decades, Europe has been the United States’ political, economic, and security partner of first resort. Now, as the transatlantic relationship is challenged by internal and external forces, the EU and the United States find themselves at a crossroads in the relationship.

Elections 2020 by Future Europe Initiative

Coronavirus Digital Policy

Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Experts react: US announces plans for troop withdrawal from Germany

“There may be a strategic case for the withdrawal of almost 12,000 US troops from Germany, but Secretary of Defense Esper’s announcement today does not make it," Daniel Fried says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Defense Policy Germany

Sophia Besch is a research fellow at the Centre for European Reform. She works on European defence issues, with a focus on EU Common Defence and Security Policy, European defence industry co-operation, NATO and German foreign and defence policy. Sophia also hosts the CER podcast. Sophia comments regularly on the broadcast and print media and has contributed opinion pieces on defence issues and on German foreign policy to various magazines and newspapers. She has given oral evidence to the House of Common Defence Select Committee on the subject of the future of UK-EU defence co-operation.

Prior to joining the CER, Sophia was a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the Policy Planning Unit at NATO HQ and worked as a researcher for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. She is a Steering Committee member of Women in International Security (WIIS) UK. Sophia holds degrees in International Security and International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.

Sophia can be followed on twitter at @SophiaBesch