The Ukraine crisis has revealed both the strengths of German foreign policy—diplomatic skill and economic power—and its weakness—a lack of military muscle.
Turkey is a rising economic and political force with the ability to affect dynamics in the greater Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. To meet its rising energy needs, the country—already an important actor in the international nuclear order—plans to establish nuclear power plants on its territory.
European policymakers have been using trade policy as a substitute for security policy. That is ineffective, and it is time to reset the balance between the two.
The EU should engage in dialogue with all Tunisian stakeholders and help them firm up their country’s vital relationship with the Western world.
Four years after Gaddafi’s downfall, Libya faces the prospect of a full-blown civil war. How much responsibility do Europeans have for restoring stability in the country?
While a nuclear agreement with Iran would be a major diplomatic achievement, the EU should look to go much further than the nuclear issue in its relations with the country.
A nuclear deal with Iran would not change much, neither to the West’s overall relationship with the country nor to Tehran’s regional role.
A comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran is not an end in itself but a necessary precondition for a more effective EU policy in an unraveling region.
The EU should tailor its Middle East policies to European strategic interests, while avoiding an excessive focus on stability over reform.
In 2014, the environment in the EU’s surroundings took a turn for the worse. It is high time to reevaluate the strategic thinking behind the European Neighborhood Policy.
Ukraine’s best hope for peace is to wind down the war with Russia and to use the breathing space for much-needed reform.
At a time when the EU’s defense and security policy is largely absent, the UK has announced it will send troops to Ukraine. But will this unilateral move pay off?
The West is being challenged in unprecedented ways that threaten its core values and cohesion. How should Europe and the United States react to Russia’s renewed aggression?
In accepting the task of dealing with Ukraine, the German chancellor took on two challenges: recalibrating the German-Russian relationship and keeping the EU together.
Europe needs a more concerted effort to tackle the interlinked challenges of radicalization and Islamophobia. Embracing Turkey’s European dream may be part of the solution.
Ukraine’s latest ceasefire agreement will not make constitutional reform happen, but the deal can help refocus Ukrainian and Western attention on that process.
After Syriza’s electoral success in Greece, the EU needs to go back to basics and fashion a better strategy to deal with rising antisystem parties.
The European Council is now the leading actor in EU foreign policy making, but it lacks coherence and ambition. Can the EU reenergize its approach to external relations?
Undoubtedly, the Syrian civil war will find its place in the history books as the ultimate example of cynical realpolitik.
Without a stable political environment, democracy will not take root in the Middle East and North Africa. But thinking only about security is not a long-term solution either.
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