Author: Adam Robertson Charlton
The war in Ukraine has mandated a thorough reappraisal of European security. It has shocked the German Reichstag into rearming the country, while historically neutral Finland and Sweden are set to join NATO. Across the continent, there is a renewed commitment to military spending — at least 2 per cent of GDP; a NATO policy that has been avoided by many members in favour of the dubious shelter offered by the US nuclear umbrella.
The sight of armoured columns crawling towards Kyiv, coupled with NATO’s involvement, has raised the spectre of conflict along Russia’s 1,400-mile border with the EU. The US and its European allies are in the process of bolstering the frontier, but rethinking European security demands that we think beyond the conventional parameters of warfighting. In particular, now is as good a time as any to start integrating elements of environmental conservation into national security.