Sven Biscop

Sven Biscop

Prof. Sven Biscop is a Senior Editor of European Geostrategy. He is also Director of the ‘Europe in the World Programme’ at Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels. He writes here in a personal capacity.

Staying Belgian, investing in Europe


In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on Brussels, Sven Biscop argues that now is not the time for grand words but greater European solidarity and cooperation.

Brexit and defence: where is the strategy?

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In this Long Post, Sven Biscop argues that should the UK decide to leave the EU its leverage on the strategic decisions that shape the framework within which its military deployment takes place would be negligible.

Can European strategy cope?

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Faced with a plethora of crises and foreign policy challenges, Sven Biscop asks whether Europeans are up to the challenge of acting strategically.

Out of the blue: a white book

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The idea for a European ‘white book’ on defence is again gaining traction, but Sven Biscop argues that it must become an integral part of the work on an European Global Strategy if it is to meet its full potential.

EU mutual assistance is more than defence

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Following President Hollande’s invocation of the EU’s mutual assistance clause, Sven Biscop argues that to prove that the EU is more than a market Article 42.7 must be translated into strategy, planning and institutions.

Half a grand strategy is not enough

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In this second of two articles on strategy, Sven Biscop points out that the EU is caught between member states that do not have a strategy and those that do but who do not have the means to implement one.

Strategy: what is it good for?

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In this first of two articles on strategy, Sven Biscop outlines how we should think about strategy in the context of a forthcoming reflection on a new strategy for EU foreign policy.

CSDP: what is it good for?

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In the fifth concluding article in our “The CSDP: National Perspectives” series, Sven Biscop asks his readers to look back at and question the original raison d’être of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.