Edition N°49 of our magazine is published at a time when wars are edging closer to us and people are worrying about security and peace. We decided to put the focus of this edition on Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance, and cooperation in civil protection. There is no doubt that the Transatlantic Alliance remains a community of shared values and NATO the cornerstone of collective defence. However, it is high time to reflect on the question of whether the convenient dependence on US power has not become a gilded cage for Europeans. Considering the shift of US interest to the Indo-Pacific region, and the remaining immense challenges of the Ukraine war and post-war period, Europe is becoming aware that it must take control of its destiny. But security is more than defence. It means preventing health treats, fostering resilience to extreme weather events caused by climate change, recovery after earthquakes, and providing humanitarian assistance to people suffering from armed conflict. Against the backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating natural and man-made disaster risk landscape in Europe and its neighbourhood, bilateral and multilateral cooperation in civil protection has moved into the spotlight. The magazine’s editorial team wishes you an insightful read.