Jo Coelmont

Jo Coelmont

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Jo Coelmont is an Associate Editor of European Geostrategy. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow for the ‘Europe in the World Programme’ at Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels. Formerly, he was the Belgian Military Representative to the Military Committee of the European Union. He writes here in a personal capacity.

CSDP: there is something there that was not there before

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In the third concluding article in our “The CSDP: National Perspectives” series, Jo Coelmont argues that while ‘CSDP fatigue’ is in fashion a number of significant developments make the Policy as relevant today as it has ever been.

European defence matters

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In this article, Sven Biscop and Jo Coelmont provide an overview of the recent European Council, which focused heavily on security and military issues, arguing that the conclusions are quite positive for European strategic cooperation.

A memorandum for the European Council on Security and Defence

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In this article, Jo Coelmont offers a number of ideas for the European Council on Security and Defence to consider. Amongst other elements, he claims European leaders need to focus on European military capabilities and the military-industrial base.