European Security and Defence

As a foreign and security policy think tank, the continuous analysis of the European Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) is of central importance for the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. The further development of the CSDP, as well as security policy cooperation between the EU and NATO have a direct influence on the security and stability of the European neighbourhood as well as on European unity and, therefore, represent essential aspects of our activities. In the course of its intensive analytical work, the AIES regularly organises background discussions with international experts and makes its research recommendations available to the general public as well as to Austrian decision-makers.

Current AIES activities on the topic. Research also in the database.


2 years of war

22.02.2024 / Russia's war against Ukraine

From Non-Aligned to NATO

08.02.2024 / The Evolution of Finland’s Security Policy

Economic Aspects of the War in Ukraine

11.01.2024 / Lecture by Professor Anders Åslund

Geopolitics between the EU and Turkey

13.12.2023 / AIES Director Michael Zinkanell in Ankara

EU Space Strategy for Security and Defence

07.12.2023 / Expert workshop at the AIES

Complementarity of EU and NATO

06.12.2023 / AIES Research Fellow Ulf Steindl joined the YATA Conference in Athens

Women in Conflict Zones: Lessons from the War in Ukraine

30.11.2023 / Feminist Foreign Policy

22. Berlin Security Conference

29.11.2023 / AIES Research Fellow Ulf Steindl took part

Reviewing the Strategic Compass

28.11.2023 / Expert workshop at the AIES

In the media

19.02.2024 / Al Jazeera English
Two years into Russia’s war in Ukraine, how strong is NATO’s unity?
Statements by AIES Research Fellow Chistoph Schwarz

27.06.2022 / NRC (The Netherlands)
Poetins invasie is het begin van een nieuwe Koude Oorlog
Interview Velina Tchakarova

20.11.2021 / CNN
The EU realizes it can't rely on America for protection
Statement by Velina Tchakarova

14.06.2021 / The Probe
The Biden-Putin meet in Geneva is a spill-words summit
Statements by Velina Tchakarova

13.04.2021 / Raisina Files 2021
Is A Cold War 2.0 Inevitable?
Article by Velina Tchakarova

13.09.2020 / AP News
Greece, Turkey signal willingness to talk about sea dispute
Statements by Dr. Michaël Tanchum

14.06.2019 /
Boosting Europe's interests in an increasingly bipolar world
By Velina Tchakarova


Die russische hybride Kriegsführung

Die russische hybride Kriegsführung

Michael Zinkanell: Die russische hybride Kriegsführung: Im Kontext des Angriffskriegs gegen die Ukraine, AIES Studies 3/2023

Women in Wartime Ukraine

Women in Wartime Ukraine

Miriam Mandel: Women in Wartime Ukraine. How Feminist Foreign Policy Can Strengthen Political Minorities in Humanitarian Crisis. AIES Focus 2024/1.

The impact of the Ukraine war on the Arctic

The impact of the Ukraine war on the Arctic

Jonas Winkel: The Impact of the Ukraine War on the Arctic, AIES Fokus 5/2023

The War against Ukraine and the Global Power Structure

The War against Ukraine and the Global Power Structure

Werner Fasslabend: The War against Ukraine and the Global Power Structure, AIES Fokus 3/2023


20.07.23 / Episode 17 / Special Series on the EU as a global actor

EU-US Relations: A Solid Alliance in a Shifting Global Landscape?

In this episode, Associate Fellow Nick Nieschalke is in conversation with Max Bergmann, the director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and the Stuart Center in Euro-Atlantic and Northern European Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), to discuss the current state of transatlantic relations against the background of dramatic changes in the international system – above all the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This episode is the second in a 4-part special series on the EU as a global actor. Other episodes of this series focus on the EU's relations with the China, ASEAN, as well as the African Union.

This special series is conducted in partnership with the Multilateral Dialoge Vienna of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.


From Non-Aligned to NATO

05.02.24 / The Evolution of Finland’s Security Policy


The Battle for Ukraine

10.11.23 / Markus Reisner speaks at the 27th European Forum


27. European Forum Vienna

10.11.23 / Annual conference by the AIES


Russian War of Aggression against Ukraine and its Implications on European Security

28.09.23 / A Lithuanian – Austrian Perspective on the European security architecture


Our Freedom and Security in a Globalised World

01.06.23 / Panel Discussion with the President of Czech Republic, Petr Pavel


Cybersecurity and Cyberthreats – From Consultation to Action

26.04.23 / Panel Discussion with Director Michael Zinkanell


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