ARES – Armament Industry European Research Group
Objective
The Armament Industry European Research Group (Ares Group) was created in 2016 by The French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), who coordinates the Group. The aim of the Ares Group, a high-level network of security and defence specialists across Europe, is to provide a forum to the European armament community, bringing together top defence industrial policy specialists, to encourage fresh strategic thinking in the field, develop innovative policy proposals and conduct studies for public and private actors.

Group members
The club brings together experienced armament policy and defence industrial policy experts, working accross European universities and think tanks.

Activities
• Publications:
- Comments: short-format opinion pieces
- Policy Papers: medium format notes
- Reports: long format studies
These publications are freely available on the Group’s website. Policy Papers and Reports are written jointly by two or more experts to provide a cross-eyes approach to one subject.
• Two annual seminars take place in Brussels and Paris supported by the material produced by the Group.
 
 
21.02.2024
What future European Defence and Technological Industrial Basis (EDTIB) do we want/need? The Romanian case
By Raluca Csernatoni, Research Fellow at Carnegie Europe
 
 
15.02.2024
What future European Defence and Technological Industrial Basis (EDTIB) do we want/need? The Swedish case
By Dr Calle Håkansson, PhD, Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)
 
 
10.01.2024
Germany’s Perception of the EU Defence Industrial « Toolbox »
By Jana Puglierin, Senior Policy Fellow and Head of ECFR Berlin
 
 
18.12.2023
What future European Defence and Technological Industrial Basis (EDTIB) do we want/need? The Belgian case
By Dr Alexander Mattelaer, Senior Research Fellow at Egmont
 
 
12.12.2023
Spain’s Perception of the EU Defence Industrial « Toolbox »
By Félix Arteaga, Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute
 
 
30.11.2023
Financing the EDTIB to ensure the Security and the Sustainability of the European Industrial Model
By ARES Group
 
 
14.11.2023
Italy’s Perception of the EU Defence Industrial « Toolbox »
By Alessandro Marrone, Head of Defence Programme, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
 
 
07.11.2023
Sweden’s Perception of the EU Defence Industrial « Toolbox »
By Lorenzo Scarazzato, Research Assistant, The SIPRI Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme
 
 
06.10.2023
What future European Defence and Technological Industrial Basis (EDTIB) do we want/need? The German case
By Leonard Schütte, Senior Researcher at the Munich Security Conference
 
 
25.07.2023
What future European Defence and Technological Industrial Basis (EDTIB) do we want/need? The Italian case
By Ester Sabatino, Research Analyst, Defence and Military Analysis, IISS-Europe
 
 
18.07.2023
Russia’s war against Ukraine: A new impetus for the harmonisation of European arms export policies? A trilateral perspective from France, Germany, and Sweden
By Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Director of the Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme (SIPRI), Pia Fuhrhop, Deputy Head of Research Division (SWP), Jean-Pierre Maulny, Deputy Director (IRIS), and Christian Mölling, Deputy Director (DGAP)
 
 
12.06.2023
European military budgets after the war in Ukraine : more cohesion or fragmentation? The German case
Ares Podcast with Christian Mölling, Deputy Director of DGAPs Research Institute, Head of the Center for Security and Defense and ARES Scientific advisor, gives some insights on the German case. An episode hosted by Gaspard Schnitzler, Research Fellow at IRIS.
Listen   
 
 
16.05.2023
War in Ukraine: How to gear up European Defence and propel the European Defence and Technological Industrial Base?
 
 
30.03.2023
EDIRPA/EDIP: Risks and opportunities of future joint procurement incentives for the European defence market
 
 
20.03.2023
Articulating ESG Criteria and the Financing of the EDTIB: A Prospective View
 
 
02.03.2023
European military budgets after the war in Ukraine : more cohesion or fragmentation? The Italian case
Ares Podcast with Alessandro Marrone, Head of defence programme at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, gives some insights on the Italian case. An episode hosted by Gaspard Schnitzler, Research Fellow at IRIS.
Listen   
 
 
17.02.2023
European military budgets after the war in Ukraine : more cohesion or fragmentation? The Belgian case
Ares Podcast with Alexander Mattelaer, Senior Research Fellow at Egmont and associate professor at the VUB Brussels School of Governance, gives some insights on the Belgian case. An episode hosted by Gaspard Schnitzler, Research Fellow at IRIS.
Listen   
 
 
11.01.2023
European military budgets after the war in Ukraine : more cohesion or fragmentation? The Spanish case
Ares Podcast with Felix Arteaga, Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute, gives some insights on the Spanish case. An episode hosted by Gaspard Schnitzler, Research Fellow at IRIS.
Listen   
 
 
02.01.2023
Critical technologies and industrial capabilities: National definition and policy implications. The case of Baltic States
By Prof. Margarita Šešelgytė, Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University and Emilė Indrašiūtė, PhD student at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University
Contact
Pilots
Jean-Pierre Maulny, Federico Santopinto, Gaspard Schnitzler and Olivier de France

+33 (0)1 53 27 60 60
Follow the Ares Group Activities
The ARES Podcast Series
Videos
28.02.2022
Webinar organized by the ARES group about the “defence package” published by the European Commission.
03.03.2022
Webinar organized by the ARES group about the “space package” published by the European Commission.
29.03.2022
Conference organized by the ARES group in Brussels.